Kindred’s Special: Chessman of Angola

Les Roselle was co-founder of Knights of the Square Table (NOST), a small club that featured various chess variants, checkers, additional board and card games. Many if not most of the membership was MENSA.  He was a warm and cordial gentle leader who created the cartoon CHESSTER and also the computer he named CHESSTER.  He presented in the pages of the NOST magazine, NOSTALGIA , a poem by an inmate who Les had befriended and had played Chesster the Pawn, Les’ computer.  I  thought I would share it because it has value for critical thought and gives words and truth from the heart of the composer.  Regrettably NOST has passed into the history books of dead wood after Mr. Roselle passed away.  It is one of the great tragedies that this fine organization found its membership also crawling into the pages of history and lost skills so often displayed in NOSTALGIA.

CHESSMAN OF ANGOLA

My past is but a dream, a thing so unreal

Or so it seems, so my past must be sealed.

I’ll look back with sorrow at my wasted tomorrows,

That I threw away, thinking only of today.

It is as though I didn’t exist, like a shadow in the mist.

I’ve lived a past of sin that I don’t wish to remember again.

I loved everybody I happened to meet but then gave up in defeat,

For none could love such as me, a born chooser of tragedy.

And, if they did, then without a doubt,

I took their love and threw it out.

I was a roamer traveling the land seeking thrills wherever I could,

Living by the gun in my hand, bleeding the blood of a proud man.

Of the things I did I shudder to think,

From the deep wells of hell I took a drink.

I had money, cars and women, breaking hearts without a thought,

Because I just didn’t care about all the hurt I brought.

For I had fame and everyone knew my name.

I did what others wanted to do.

I dared and did and liked it, too.

But now the past is dead, I just want to get it out of my head.

I’m looking for a new start– a tomorrow where love can fill my heart!

My running days are over, I’ve paid my debt to sin.

For now I’ve found a friend,

Who opened his heart and showed me how to win.

 

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