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Players & Pawns

Players & Pawns

“The thing about change within a flawed system is that it is much like chess. Sure, the pieces can make significant moves, some more freely than others. But ultimately, they all remain on the same old board.” –kR

We the People are but kings and pawns.

Bishops and castles, and some fancy knights.

Being shuffled about as another match spawns.

Lamenting the erosion of our Bill of Rights.

Some black, some white, always black versus white.

Some rich, some poor, always rich versus poor.

Wit for wit, an eye for an eye, but in the long run not one of us wins this fight.

Head to head, Mano a Mano, and yet in the end not one of us changes the score.

Viva la Revolucion, they cry and decry, all the while repeating the L-shaped moves of a knight.

Sign the petition, they urge and encroach, all the while imitating the diagonal moves of a bishop.

Many flock to the polls in order to once again change their fate; this black Queen experiment has gone on for too long, so they wish to revert to the white.

Some young, independent pawns decide to abstain; limited to never more than two steps forward at a time they’d much rather just listen to hip hop.

You may like Skittles but will never taste the rainbow when you only get to choose between blue and red.

And no matter how much you care about animals, you’re not an affluent herder when you only raise an elephant or a donkey.

So during these fateful (s)elections what we get are dramatic scenes that closely resemble The Walking Dead.

Although to be fair, after watching Planet of the Apes, perhaps someday in the not too distant future we ought to consider a monkey.

They say that after a game of chess both the king and the pawn return to the same box.

The implication being that ultimately the mighty king is no greater than the lowly pawn.

But we know while on the board the pawns are readily sacrificed to protect the king, enough to make the latter as cunning as a sly fox.

That notwithstanding, upon the inevitable checkmate even the mighty king’s day of reckoning finally sees the dawn.

It is peculiarly interesting and incredibly clever though, when they say that after a game of chess the king and the pawn both end up in the same box.

What is equally interesting and grossly disturbing however; is that they never say who plays the pieces while on the board, and/or who owns the damn box!

Kennyrich Fomunung

Kennyrich Fomunung

My name is Kenneth Fomunung. I was raised for the most part in my beloved motherland, Africa; specifically in a small nation off its west coast, Cameroon, where I grew up with my five siblings – three sisters and two brothers. I also spent the bulk of my turbulent teenage years in the United States of America, in the international and diverse city of Houston, TX, where I first went to high school, and onto college at The University of Houston. I graduated cum laude in May 2010 with a Communications degree in Public Relations/Advertising, and a minor in Psychology. While in college, I served one term (year) as President of the Student Body and held membership in a number of distinguished organizations, such as Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), Golden Key International, and the NAACP. I have always had a passion for writing and I've been blessed with the uncanny ability to string words together in a creative and intelligent manner. I therefore consider myself a wordsmith. After years of hard work, I will finally realize my dream of becoming a published author by year's end (Fall 2013).

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“And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.” Revelation 13:1-3.

And the beast called itself GOP and written upon its seven heads are: Avarice, Cowardice, Entitlement, Homophobia, Ignorance, Misogyny, and Racism. And the meek shall cry out in agony. And the beast shall be slain by the Lamb, in their name. And the beast's name shall be erased from the minds of men forever.

Amen