#After 3 months, the OGS Poetry contest has ended!
#Thanks to all participants!
#Congratulations to Eldyn and sousys for #1!
and frothless rage,
on this wooden stage.
silent and seen;
The actors unmoving,
yet shine a soft gleam.
The toils will come,
The battles enlarged;
Links will be broken,
And over at last,
Silence will reign;
A small piece of art,
It was not in vain.
Twice i have tried and failed to find words
For the feelings i have for this murder of nerds
Nerds whos feelings and thoughts are the same
When they come to this site for more than the game
I came to this place wanting someone to fight
Someone to challenge and battle that night
Instead i found humor and help in the chat
All made for us by anoek and mat.
So thank you, developers, for taking your time
For making this place without earning a dime
And Thanks to the mods for not banning me yet
Sometimes you do want to ban me, i bet.
Now i think ive wasted enough of my time
Struggling with wording, phrasing and rhyme
Twice now ive boarded the wrong subway back
Perhaps now ill finaly find the right fucking track
I scratch my head and frown at the board.
I sniff air through my nostrils like a bull.
I place a stone next to the white invader
and the print of my finger glistens wetly.
“That’s why they make the weaker player
play black in handicap games,”
someone once joked. “So you can see them sweat.”
My opponent, who has been running his fingers
through the stones in his bowl, making them
clack, immediately places another stone next to mine.
“That was,” he says slowly, “Not correct.”
I clench my teeth and wonder
how much the sudden flush to my neck and ears shows.
I was given nine stones, a nine-stone head start.
Nine stones scattered over a whole board
as if I owned it all already.
Nine stones, marking each of the star points
a sign that your opponent can give you
because you know how to keep nothing.
I look at the now-cut-off cluster of black stones -
a broken dragon, a clump of bones and flesh
tangled and ugly
and now dead, dead, dead -
and try to judge whether I’m so behind
that the polite thing would be to resign.
But I can’t tell.
So, I decide
Black like the night, and just as blind.
White pushing through, just like light.
Don’t you see? Hane at the head,
And those stones are dead.
Can’t you see? Attack, not attach.
Else my weaknesses I can patch.
Won’t you see? That’s a tiger’s mouth.
Playing there will only lead you south.
It’s alright, you’ll learn, you’re bright.
Thank you, from this game I’ve learned a lot.
I will contact the winners in the upcoming days about prices.
Congrats everyone - great stuff!
Congratulations to all players
Will it be an other next year?
Sure, sounds like a good idea!
November 1, 2014, 9:57pm
Congrats to every participant!
It’s you who make OGS special!
November 1, 2014, 10:48pm
oh wow! Didn’t expect that xD congratulations to Eldyn, sousys, and cloudbrow!
November 1, 2014, 11:15pm
congrats to the other winners! This was a fun contest
Generous of you to count the two first-place entrants as a single winner. I’d love to see more go-related poetry and art, so maybe we’ll see more activities like this in the future. It might be good to have a shorter duration for the contest in the future, though—I feel like this happened ages ago!
Were there going to be prizes for this? Personally, I’m hoping for a commemorative magnet or a lapel pin with Go Seigen on it…
Yes there are prices
Maybe you missed my message back then. Will message you again later today, when I am home.