doorway of a closed department store. In the windows there
are three ceiling lamps hung with light from another century.
For the sake of time these men are not friends,
nor neighbors, otherwise why call them triplets?
They are blessed to be dressed alike: three caps, shirts and
trousers and three sets of shoes, not hand-me-downs,
not terribly worn, so, they must retain some warmth.
Their trousers are unable to brace or restrain the troubling wind.
They keep their heads bowed in the presence of circumstance.
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Herbert Woodward Martin is a prize-winning
poet and performer, an actor and playwright,
a singer and opera librettist, a professor,
and a scholar. He has published four
volumes of poetry and his work has
appeared in various anthologies. Martin
is also an accomplished actor and director.
His main research interest has been Paul
Laurence Dunbar a late-nineteenth century
African American poet.