In Memoriam Cecil
One day from out of the vast, trackless desert a proud lion
appeared suddenly before Gerasimos’ cell.
The great beast approached the hermit,
bowed his tawny head and held out a huge paw.
The desert lion had come to stay.
He joined the tiny,
isolated community which consisted of the saint,
a disciple and a donkey.
Guided by the saintly hermit,
man and beast lived together
in perfect peace and harmony.