Naviarhaiku 024

“The Great Khan tried to concentrate on the game: but now it was the game’s reason that eluded him. The end of every game is a gain or a loss: but of what? What were the real stakes? At checkmate, beneath the foot of the king, knocked aside by the winner’s hand, nothingness remains: a black square, or a white one. By disembodying his conquests to reduce them to the essential, Kublai had arrived at the extreme operation: the definitive conquest, of which the empire’s multiform treasures were only illusory envelopes; it was reduced to a square of planed wood.”

Welcome to the twenty-fourth experiment of Naviar Haiku. Participants are to complete the task by Wednesday 25th June and post a track inspired by the haiku poem on our Soundcloud group here:

Haiku poem by asolarwindbreath (

Picture by Andrew Fysh (