God Was and God Live sat playing World Chess, a game they played every day.

God Was moved toward a world of compassion and peace, while God Live moved the opposite way.

God Was turned away from the board to listen to a sound. While God Was was looking the other way, God Live moved chess pieces around.

God Was closed its eyes while listening to the earthlings sing and marveled at how those who suffered so much still to higher powers did cling.

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound That sav’d a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind but now I see. …

Thro’ many dangers, toils and snares,

I have already come;

‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home. …

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail, And mortal life shall cease,

I shall possess, within the veil, A life of joy and peace. …” (John Newton, Olney Hymns, London, 1779)

God Live couldn’t accept the sweet notes. To God Live they were sounds of discord. God Live grinned as it gloated over the misery it caused just because it was bored.

The earthlings finished their song, and God Was turned again to world chess. God Was saw that God Live had cheated again, to which God Live would later confess.

God Was and God Live both knew that their world chess games would never come to an end. Good and bad into everyone’s life the gods would continue to send.

It was that way in the past, now the present and future, too. Earthlings could only strive for the best, and hope that this would do.

The U.S.A. has elected a new president,

Barack Obama is his name,

The first U.S. president who is black,

Which will surely bring him great fame.

The world chess game will continue,

But hope is now alive.

God Was won this fantastic game of world chess;

God Live gave God Was a high five.

Congratulations to President-Elect Obama and to the Americans who kept hope alive.

Peggy Tarr

Peggy Tarr has been a columnist for the Evanston RoundTable since its founding in 1998. Born in Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree...