slavering, rumbling, growling, straining
at the leash, throwing itself wall to door.
slinking, creaking, bending, yielding
crack, snap, releasing once more.
Freed, it goes
hurtling, propelling, spitting, roaring
frenzied, bending, following its maw.
Reaching the surface
rearing, veering, blazing, hissing,
acrid breath, gouging gore -
slaked, shaken, lamb-like, meek
pads wearily, warily, returns underground.
sated, weighted, exhausted, deflated,
drops to the floor making no sound.
The ugly head
laid down in sleep long, strong, dreamless, deep
in darkness violence submerged, drowned
untamed though quenched, has the stench
of unnamed fury, absolution unfound.