A Chequer-Board
'Tis all a Chequer-Board of Nights and Days
Where Destiny with men for pieces plays;
  hither and thither moves, and mates, and slays,
And, one-by-one, back in the Closet lays.

For In and Out, Above, About, Below,
'Tis nothing but a Magic Shadow-Show,
  play'd in a box whose candle is the Sun,
Round which we phantom figures come and go.


~Edward Fitzgerald's "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam" [Free PDF]

Chequer-Board by Kantiki