Xiangqi (Elephants’ Chessboard)

















Xiangqi (Elephants’ Chessboard)


Between the reeds along the river

The observer was reading in peace

Far away from the palace

His elephant was singing


O: Well, my dear…..

E: Don’t  you like my vocal on the «rival general»!?

O: How did you guess,

Are you good in chess?

E: I profess us success

If I can confess

O: My goodness! For that we should empress

To replace the appearance of the emperor

By a nice dressed princess

E: Yes, even an actress

Would end the stress

And horror of war




O: observer

E: elephant

(thanks to Liz Huber for

the precious suggestions)