Prompt Eight: (image prompt) Count and Capture

Male hand playing mancala

You watch him close for sleight of hand
take the measure of this man
the moves he makes
the pieces he takes
not because he has to
but because he can

So deftly he defeats his foe
through uncompromising blow after blow
and how his grin
reflects his win
reveals everything
you need to know

He will not lure you in tonight
his hook will not attract your bite
there is no sense
nor much defence
in taking part
in unfair fights


Photo by Tobias Tullius on Unsplash

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