I wanted to put this more poetically, but I’m not sure how.
Sometimes, when a ram or a goat is dehorned, the bud is not entirely cauterized. When this occurs, the horn, instead of disappearing, returns as a scur–growing back in a malformation that penetrates the animal’s skull. Of course it takes time for the slow inexorable pressure to kill the creature, and typically the beast goes mad with pain before it dies.
Of course this reminded me what often happens when we try to truncate our own greatness.