The chess piece is split down the middle,
parading as two – in a mirror you can see
it whole, moving puppet-stringed
across the board, never waiting for a second
to consider the effect having the image
of an extra player has on the other pawns.
One side is stained black, the other bleached,
but what of the grey space in between?
Sticky, sap-covered moss disguises it;
no-one can see that inside they are the same.