Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

! A Wish


I'd like to write - like grown-up poets do:
with similes that span the universe,
that sparkle, crackle, dazzle, woo the mind;
and touch the heart with tender, swoony verse...

I'd like to write - like grown-up poets do:
in literature that's all the better for
those soaring, parabolic parables
and paradigms, and rhymes, and metaphor...

I'd like to write - like no-one else has done:
forget the rules and precedents; let fly
to heights undreamt of yet, new mindscape won..

And yet, perhaps, the world's served better by

small lamps of words amidst the cold night winds
of chance and change; cupped in a poet's hands.

Submitted: Saturday, January 29, 2005
Edited: Friday, October 05, 2007

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  • Bronze Star - 5,558 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (10/24/2008 7:25:00 PM)

    POET! ! ! ! ! ! Always connect with your inner child-that's where the spirit comes from-I'm sure I studied this poem when I was in high school.A ten from me. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 12 Points Fay Slimm (8/21/2008 9:36:00 AM)

    Your wish has come true for you already write as grown-up poets do, cascading, as you do, lots of small lamps, and in cupped hands too. Bless you. Fay (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tom J. Mariani (11/1/2007 2:47:00 PM)

    Speaking of hands. I'll hand it to you. Another great poem lighting up my day. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Luis Gil (5/5/2007 4:49:00 PM)

    Serving the world with some truth, however small it may be...... That sounds like a mighty wish to me....... Thanks for the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Aisha Sherazi (5/7/2006 9:26:00 PM)

    I don't need to tell you, you do write poetry like a grown up, but make me feel highly inadequate in the process! Drat! Wish I had not read this now, or voted a ten! I take it all back! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Peace, Aisha (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nagamuthu Osho (8/7/2005 9:42:00 AM)

    Hail! Poet,

    It is an eternal lilt,
    Which I felt and melt;
    O Those sweet words,
    which provoke, pours love and wisdom.
    God Bless you.
    Yours faithfully,
    N.Karthikeyan Osho (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 7 Points Max Reif (6/20/2005 6:51:00 AM)

    First poem of yours I've read. I think of you as a kind of guardian angel for this site...your comments and your poems are so prolific. But I've 'had promises to keep' and haven't oft gotten to these pages to read. I find this poem lovely, the sentiment is fine, and it works well and is quite nicely expressed in the sonnet form you chose. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Richard George (6/10/2005 1:36:00 AM)

    Your sonnets are wonderful. Of course there are people who will dismiss them as 'not modern poetry', but what do they know? Do you know Peter Russell's sonnets, by the way? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Pia Andersson (3/3/2005 9:54:00 AM)

    Who wouldnt like to write like you do? Excellent funny and clever at the same time You lite up my day with your clever little wish. Why should you wish for something you have got already? with love Pia (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Charles Flesfader (2/4/2005 8:31:00 PM)

    ah, Michael

    how is it you so often seem to read my mail (thoughts) ha ha ha!
    Loved it, mate. BZ.

    Charles (Report) Reply

  • Rookie dissatified exmember (2/1/2005 2:44:00 PM)

    Wisdom comes with experience. You must be very experienced.


    Hugs
    Jan (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lenchen Elf (1/29/2005 11:28:00 AM)

    Many poets are still a twinkle in our fathers eye in comparison: -) lovely as always (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Shepherd (1/29/2005 8:47:00 AM)

    Glad you said 'liked' and not 'admired', Herb. Close one that. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Herbert Nehrlich1 (1/29/2005 8:08:00 AM)

    11.5 on the Nehrlich Scale.
    Dripping with wisdom, humility, kindness, skill and the desire to be liked.....
    Can't see anything wrong with that.
    H (Report) Reply

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