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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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Kicked Off The Bus - An Apartheid Story
In December 1958 my mother, Frances, and us three boys visited Cape Town on the S.S. Rhodesia Castle.  We had a sickening experience with a white South African Policeman which really soured our impression of the governing regime.

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Three Clocks

We’ve three old clocks in our house
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The coast road was graded muram for two hundred miles, and only tarmac for sixty miles outside Nairobi and twenty odd outside Mombasa.  Where rivers crossed the road there were dips or ‘dongas’, here cars frequently got stuck.  When it rained travelers had to wait for the water to drift by, sometimes for ten to twelve hours.  The animals used these shallow crossings.
 
Our truck would drop down suddenly
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Hot Air

The name of that wind is Satana
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Car Hartley was an international East African game exporter.  When my mother worked for him in Rumeruti, we spent our holidays up on the farm.  He came back from a hunting trip with a baby cheetah with a broken forearm.  The mother had been poached.  She became our pet.

You had to be quick to play ball with Rita,
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Those arrows and their quivers,
The panga and the spears
Are Masai.
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The Biltong Song

Up country families in Kenya, had there own recipes for biltong.  It was the closest thing we ever got to fast food.  The trick was to take strips from the rump that had been hanging in the meat safe for the week, and soak it in a concoction of brine and vinegar and then use spices to finish the curing before hanging the meat on the line to dry.  My dad used lines stretched across the railway tracks at the Nakuru Station right over the smoke stacks of the wood burning engines. 
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The Graduate                               

You too have joined the ranks in hood and gown,
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The Wrist Watch of Flying Ace Mills

A true story about a real American hero who flew an F4F Wildcat at Guadalcanal in1942
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This smiley face is for you
I do hope you enjoy the view
It did take a while
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