The creature is tethered. It tugs the chain taut.
It barks and snarls, scuffles and whines.
It lunges toward freedom. It goes ‘round and ‘round.
For an Enlightened Soul or life itself
to free the creature, it must be persuaded or gain
the strength and wisdom over the years
to slacken the tether, move toward the axis
so that it might be unhooked at the critical point.
Liberation (apparently) comes not from struggle
but from retreat and acquiescence.
O child of God, let the creature recede
so that Love might unhook your soul.