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Prosperity and Adversity

Prosperity and Adversity - for Hiri
In prosperity our friends know us In adversity we know our friends
John Churton Collins

When success fills your coffers,
When prosperity is kind,
And friends all want to know you,
And you don't really mind
When they try to cadge a drink from you
When it should be their shout,
You don't know if they really care
It's there that you have doubt.

But when the wolf is at the door
When adversity is near,
And you are struggling on your own
And you can taste the fear.
It's then you cast your eye around
And see the precious few
Who lend a hand through thick and thin,
And know they're friends with you.
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Born in Oxford, raised in Kenya, past winner of Los Slamgeles Poetry Slam and author of abitingchance.blogspot.comand "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. more…

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