this duel of bluff and countermove and feint,
is what your songs and movies celebrate?
This urge to rob another of their space,
the meet-cutes that seem like intimidation,
this is what your culture venerates?
This fight in which I seem to have no chance,
this slow-quick-quick-slow-lunge assassin's dance:
you call this romance?
I'm not enchanted. I refuse to hymn
this torture that we sanctify with rings.
I will talk about the other things,
and abandon, on this board, my toppled King.
Zugzwang: a situation encountered in chess where any move you make will weaken your position.