“Well Capricorn I hope you like the color black because that peacock is your color in this game.”
Capricorn’s opening move would be studied and although of course he lost
his willingness to move the piece and
his anger at being called prissy
was the first thrust in the rebellion
and subsequent freedom from the oppression of the man or the type
of man who smugly made the challenge.
That board and the black piece would be found years later a fossil the board
hard as rock instead of a scarf
as it surely was once worn around the neck tied intricately but easily removed
with one fluid movement so it could be draped down with casual yet regal ceremony and the game played upon it.
Was it Capricorn’s scarf or his opponent’s? It was always made out to be the the oppressor’s board but really it was Capricorn’s and he unwound it incorrectly from around his neck the midddle finger mispositioned but symbolic of something new in spite of its or because of its awkwardness. And then the flood and the anger and the preservation of that moment as a relic as a play as a poem as a painting and the phrase “Capricorn called a peacock’’ as a means of denoting
anger that leads to change.