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he
was a familiar
landscape, 
like nearby
fences and hedges
 
a body
without surprise,
clothed in
comfortable,
with top button
buttoned,
shirt and pants
pressed
 
a dedicated
purposeful gait
and a stormy
weathered voice
having been around
for many seasons
blending easily
into the heartbeat
of town,
walking the same
route to work
and home