Ligo Haibun Challenge ~ The Pawn


Copyright – Penny

The Lewis Chessmen were probably made in Scandinavia, about AD 1150-1200. These were found on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

The chess pieces are made of elaborately worked walrus ivory and whale’s teeth sculptured as seated kings and queens, mitred bishops, knights on their mounts, standing warders and pawns in the shape of obelisks.

I find the humble pawn to be the most interesting. No wonder it is claimed that the best player know how to handle their pawns.

The poor pawn goes directly forward in his simplicity; but whenever he will take he does so obliquely. Thus man, while he is poor and contented, keeps within compass and lives honestly; but in search of temporal honours he fawns, cringes, and forswears himself, and thus goes obliquely till he gains a superior degree on the chess-board of the world, when the pawn attains the utmost in his power, he changes to Ferzi or vezeir, and in like manner humble poverty becomes rich and insolent (From: A Morality on Chess  – presumably by Pope Innocent III).

 I am just a pawn

can always be sacrificed

but never captured.

words <220


Written for the Ligo Haibun challenge.

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19 thoughts on “Ligo Haibun Challenge ~ The Pawn

    • The best piece on philosophy of chess is

      Fitzgerald translations of Omar Khayam

      tis all a Checker-board of Nights and days
      where Destiny with Men for Pieces plays:
      hither and thither moves, and mates and slays,
      and one by one back in the Closet lays.

      Thanks Nightlake 🙂

  1. Thank you. It’s why I have this replica! (l’ve always been fascinated by their history)! I’m Norwegian (2nd generation on both sides of my family) so an American with fairly strong ties to my ancestry! I love chess, so these were an obvious choice for me! And I would agree about the pawns, absolutely. Both in the playing and living of! An excellent haibun and haiku!

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