You assume you’re tough until
you walk past their territory.
Teeth and bark sharp,
unsure which was noticed first
but no time to decide. the pounding 4
feet of a blurred fur hurls itself towards
you. your heart pounding to the same
rattle of the chain-linked fence
the only net protecting you
when you are not the owner of a
Rottweiler. remove your mask of
fortitude, for she is not fooled.
The erupting howl of Cerberus,
enough to break the strongest of heroes,
is a reminder of the fragility of life.
they stand their ground,
you hurry. An empty metal bowl
hungry, but never full. you are
full of bones. if you aren’t running,