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Wednesday, January 11, 2012


He moved swiftly, through the little gap
Between the door ajar and the wall
Hiding then, behind the desk, presumably
Catching his breath - but soon as I pulled the desk back
Like lightning, he took cover behind the pile of papers.

I grinned at him, he was young and little, a juvenile, and said -
'Gotcha, my boy'  and with a quick brush of the broom
Escorted him out into the glaring sun.

That was yesterday, that was when I felt I could not stand
This suffocating sensation, the revulsion of solitude,
Yet shunning company, sans I am, of love and friendship.

Now, defeated, depressed and disconsolate, I welcomed him
As he skulked in a corner, nodding, licking  his chops clean
Of the remains of a fly and looked at me, cocking his head.

'Welcome, my Achilles, welcome, brighten my lonely evenings.'

******* Balachandran V, Alappuzha, 11.01,2012

Note: 'Achilles' is an unforgettable gecko in 'My family and other animals' by Gerald Durrell, one of few great human beings that ever walked on earth....


  1. When in the ennui of solitude , it may not matter who or what would keep company?
    But commend the persistence of the creature.

  2. You probably read my thoughts? I am fascinated by geckos and off late interested in them more than what I would be :)

    Any company is good company in solitude :)

  3. very nice sir.. I guess when one is alone then anything and everything can be a company..

    its funny what solitude can do, When I was alone I often found that the smallest of the things were a company, I use to have this big pigeon that would come to the garden, and I am sure 100% that it came because of me..

    and it never flew away even if i went close to it..


  4. hhahah. u settled for some company :)

  5. As always, your writings are excellent, informative and appreciated. I sent an email to you a couple of days ago in response to yours...Am not sure if you received it. Please let me know..


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