Lesson I

The lines arrayed
the pieces placed, face-up, 
tell their story silently -
all wisdom rises 
from their colour, form: display of eloquence
executed by a Lady's mind -
high status help, mysterious force,
benign and dignified is
behind the canvas exercised,
symbology of hope and deeper
contact than our fingers' press,
further-in than eyes can reach,
they tell of unseen, not yet been,
displays of my life's energy,
they tell of friendship and of plans
their squareness both defies and transcends
their rigidity outwon,
such tiny lines cannot 
hold them in, their glowing
thoughts are mind-signs 
to begin at naught, at the beginning,
and reach the all
through discipline.
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