Shogi Poem


Pieces of Black
Koma of White,
Minions of darkness
Servants of light.

The field is set
Shogi-ban arrayed
Warriors in place
Soldiers displayed.

The Shape of Black
Contours of White
They look the same
They look alike

Which side is which?
We can tell
By where they point
To Heaven or Hell.

Black points one way
White the other.
Opposite sides
Facing each other

First move by Black
Sente of night
Now it’s White’s turn
Gote of light.

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