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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 40 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, Dental Ditties and last but not least " The Illustrated Address To A Haggis". Bringing The Clan Back To Dunvegan, and Dental Ditties.

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PROLOGUE

When the sunny days of August and July
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Dedication

For my Clan, MacLeods everywhere..
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Cammy
In September 1951, fresh up from Mombasa we rode in my father’s green government issue Ford truck.  It had a home made hutch cover with swing door over the back.  We stayed at Neil Stewart, my Godfather’s place for a couple of days, camping on their enclosed porch.  I found my first Chamaeleon in the orange tree on his lawn.

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There are many smells of Africa
That I at times recall,
The quay side waft of tainted water
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Forgiveness
for Yudit

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Frilford Straws

Early morning up,
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Owning Nothing

In truth you really own nothing,
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Sixty Five

On my sixty fifth birthday my mother slipped into a coma, she was ninety seven. I was up early that October morning. Mum passed away the next day.
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The New Job

Billy Collins, America’s Poet Laureate, from 2001-2003, and author of  “Forgetfulness” and Lines lost Among the Trees” has definitely inspired me to be more aggressive and disciplined about my writing.  As a brother poet I refer to him as my cousin.
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