This challenge is another one from Pia in Denmark. “Current events with a humorous twist.” I wrote it as things start to get a little heated in North Korea, US has closed two Russian embassies after US embassy staff was reduced in Russia, who are about to conduct battle practices, Syria has become so much of a bar fight I’ve stopped trying to follow who’s fighting whom, and Vladimir Putin and Elon Musk are both predicting world war III will be done by artificial intelligence. Oy vey and that’s just the stuff I’m paying attention to.
The reference to grayness, by the way is for the dissolution of the tidy black and white of the chess board. When I wrote this sonnet, I initially did this on paper. When I went to type it up, I typoed the original ‘Boys will be boys’ and I think it’s one of life’s better typos…..
I’m hoping that the sense of humor that I’ve used doesn’t mean I need to seek political asylum on Alpha Centauri. (Anyone have the phone # for their embassy just in case?)
The board of international politics
is getting so much grayer than before.
The pawn, castle and king – war or not war?
What difference does this make to us mere hicks?
We hate our neighbors, but we need to trade,
and then won’t trade because we don’t approve
of how they live and hate. Our knights outmove
and bishops all expelled, and weapons made
for what? Fists are not how you make a friend!
Boys will be bots, and this is getting dumb!
Is this the “sense” we will base AI on –
the hope and fear that this whole thing will end?
The politics these days are such a mess,
I wish they’d settle it with a game of chess.