King of the Hill

After Pieter Bruegel’s “Children’s Games” (1560)

by Delali Ayivor

King of the hill
is really just an
excuse for aggression we
two are searching
for power we
two lock forearms like
rams locking antlers behind
us skinny dippers cup
their genitals take wanton
leaps into a cold lake
but this is the true test
of manhood we are
learning early
that one is left with riches
and one is left with
mouthfuls of dirt.

Children's Games (1560) by Pieter Bruegel (oil on panel, 118cm x 61cm; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna)

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