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Lendell Ray McDowell: 1954-2010

Lendell Ray McDowell

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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