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About Me and My Poetry

Born in Oxford, raised in Kenya, and came to America as a Fulbright Scholar to study dentistry at U.S.C., Dr McLeod is past winner of Los Slamgeles Poetry Slam and author of abitingchance.blogspot.com and "The First Thanksgiving". Doctor McLeod is a performing poet who has recited at Highland Games, dinners and Burns Nights for the last 36 years. He is happily married, lives and works in Los Angeles,has three children, and practices as a dentist on Sunset Boulevard:http://www.drneilmcleod.com/ He can be contacted by e-mail at drneilmcleod@yahoo.com and will willingly entertain requests to share his work with permission. Doctor McLeod's poetry is available from Amazon.com under the following titles: A Ship in a Bottle, One For The Pot, The Clan Remembers, The Aching Heart, The Thorn Wi’ Me, My Silver Box, When the Spirit Moves, A Cartload of Stories, The Persimmon Tree, Pure Whimsy, Songs and Poems of Frances McLeod and last but not least " The Illustrated Address To A Haggis".

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Don’t Rush To Brush

The familiar recommendation to brush our teeth after meals has now been proved to be wrong, and that our propensity to enjoy acidic food predisposes us to having slightly etched teeth with their enamel protein matrix exposed. Immediate brushing damages the exposed matrix and prevents recrystallization of the of the external calcium hydroxyapatite crystals. We should wait for and hour or so.
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My Old Teachers

For Marie and Joan Hobden 1915 - 2000 and 2003. Music teachers at Cottesmore, choir leaders and organists at St. Peter’s, Hove, Sussex. They were my singing teachers.
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At Ninety
for Marjorie Neely

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When I Was Young

Ninety and I’m getting stiff
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Towers and Spires
A tribute to Henry Clutton of Walworth Surrey 1819-1893 

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Baptized Again
Submersion Immersion a baptismal tale

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Jacob’s Proposal
Down Baja way, there is a very small fishing village called Loreto. There, just off the coast in the Sea of Cortez is the uninhabited volcanic isle of Coronado where the snorkeling is excellent. Here a very special beach was the venue for this tale.
   
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The Growing Trees

When I was a younger man,
So many years ago,
I looked out of the window
To see them in a row,
Well established conifers
Growing on the hill,
Level with a tiled roof
Beyond my window sill.

Today I paused reflecting,
Gazing through the glass.
I see the trees grew taller
As those years come and pass.
Their trunks are soaring upwards,
Crowns stark again the sky.
While they shall all continue on
My life is passing by.
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Please Father!

I will try to do better,
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Celebrating 50 years of Hospitality
                        A Toast
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