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....