chess, not checkers

criminal misuse
of basic prose
disguised in self
aggrandizing lines
it just
makes me sad
these games
played by children
pretending at
pious preaching
cast as poetry.

online lotharios
narcissistic saints
using artless attempts
to bring old eyes
with zero interest
in whatever snake oil
these thieves peddle.

poetry is sacred
not a chess piece
to be played as checkers
by clumsy pretenders.

but you wouldn’t
understand that
you’d have to be able
to see past yourselves
long enough to notice.

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