The once noble renegade,
the zealous infidel of squirreldom,
the daytime thief of others’ treasure troves,
even bounties of rabbit carrots.
His heralded jaw forewarning of the onset
of another chewing frenzy.
His gurgling stomach assuaged
with each new groundnut swallowed.
This dutiful organism whose growth we watched,
all the while as he watched us,
and whose hindmost parts we observed
whenever he scurried to the next peanut burial site.
This star practitioner of food juggling,
carrying more than one at a time,
one in hand, one in mouth.
This furry creature who met and loved a man.
Who once having been trapped and removed
from his safe haven by strangers,
found his way back home,
after two years,
and acted as if he had been at the threshold
of that doorway only yesterday.
meant as homage to the little critter
whose time did end,
who, although no bigger than a breadbox
held within him a very large heart
and a very long memory.
meant to mark worth
on his short, but notable life.