Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

0287 Ars Poetica - Poem by Michael Shepherd

A poem should be -

stop right there, chum. You’ve hit
the target in four words.

see it there? Like the
Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis,
like a simile,
flashing through the mind,
reshaping the heavens,

soaring merrily above
should-be-s and shouldn’t-be-s

and - not even like I’ve said.
like nothing else
except itself

poetica my ars

a poet should be
a poem should be.


Comments about 0287 Ars Poetica by Michael Shepherd

  • Rookie Cecilie Bækkedal (3/28/2006 9:35:00 AM)

    I totally agree, Mr Shepherd! (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie ***** ********* (3/5/2006 8:03:00 AM)

    Typo on Arse Michael! lol Interesting view too. Grinning at you Tai (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 877 Points Lamont Palmer (3/5/2006 7:20:00 AM)

    I think it is highly possible that MacLeish would find this amusing. -LP (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 877 Points Lamont Palmer (3/5/2006 7:20:00 AM)

    I think it is highly possible that MacLeish would find this amusing. -LP (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Declan McHenry (3/5/2006 5:59:00 AM)

    Michael. Thank you bringing a smile to the debate. Insightful as always. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 5, 2006

Poem Edited: Saturday, July 15, 2006


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