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Lendell Ray McDowell

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Lendell Ray McDowell


Lendell Ray McDowell: 1954-2010


a homeless man I passed each week
as he sat on a bench at the harbor
silver shopping cart by his side
piled with life possession

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he always called out greetings
to passing fishermen and tourists
joggers and walkers
a smile on his unshaven face
as he bid me good morning

he isn’t there today
shopping cart gone
stone bench transformed into a memorial
laden with white roses in jelly jars
worn well-loved teddy bears
candles in glass vases
paperback books sodden from morning mist
poignant tributes
to a man
finally home

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