Poem: “Don’t Blame The Sinner”

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The Chess Queens Β© Muriel Streeter


“Don’t blame the sinner,”
I whisper to the Queen
Regal in her robe of white,
Her skin a pearly sheen.

“Don’t blame the sinner
If he gives himself to me
After he surrenders,”
I whisper quietly.

“Don’t blame the sinner,
Or fill your heart with hate,
Forgive him if he fails,
He didn’t write his fate.”

She turns her pale face
To watch a handsome horse
With a prancing gait
And cunning wayward course.

“Forgive his evil deed,”
I whisper one more time,
Not glancing at the steed
I dream of every night.

His protective wife
Is both pawn in my game
And distraction in my quest
To destroy his Royal Name.

My next sudden move
Fills her eyes with fright
As she cries to me,
“You’ll capture my White Knight?”

“Don’t blame your sister
For being a Black Queen –
I do not want your Knight,
I’m capturing your King!”


Β© 02/16/2014 by Aisha Abdelhamid

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Submitted to the Speakeasy Grid, week #149 at yeahwrite.me – This week the prompt is the sentence, “Don’t blame the sinner,” to be used as the first line in the post, and some reference to be made to the painting at the top of this page, titled, “The Chess Queens,” by Muriel Streeter. Like to learn more? Click this logo to join us:

46 thoughts on “Poem: “Don’t Blame The Sinner”

    • Thank you! I love yours too! I’m not much of a storyteller, but I love to try encapsulating an idea or a moment in a poem… it seems so elegant when it’s reduced to as few word images as possible. ;^)


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