Treasure Island

Michael Shepherd

(8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

! 'Great Write...' - great reader!


Every poem is an invitation
for the readers to use their imagination

a vehicle licensed
to carry passengers

who sometimes have a greater imagination
than the poet

even perhaps get more from the poem
than the poet knowingly put in

which you must admit
if with a slight embarrassment

as you read the words of praise
is a divine joke

and from the divine viewpoint
very practical since

every reader is an invitation
for the poets to match their imagination

Submitted: Thursday, August 17, 2006
Edited: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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  • Terry Craddock (8/27/2014 7:09:00 PM)

    Loved the way this poem turned from the original opening lines invitation,

    Every poem is an invitation
    for the readers to use their imagination

    a vehicle licensed
    to carry passengers

    to the acknowledgment that some readers who sometimes have a greater imagination/ than the poet will read the poem with depth and insight through to the turn of even perhaps get more from the poem/ than the poet knowingly put in. This humour and wit builds into

    which you must admit
    if with a slight embarrassment

    as you read the words of praise
    is a divine joke

    because perception and beauty is unique to individualized tastes. All poems liked and deeply personalized will have different meanings to different readers. The most imaginative poems will offer new meanings, perspectives with new readings, and every poetic reader can match the original poet in imagination if they take the time to fully engage with a poem and the full spectrum of that poems poetic images. An easy reading entertaining write. (Report) Reply

  • Palas Kumar Ray (1/21/2010 9:26:00 AM)

    How can I differ with you Michael?
    My salute to you for this great attempt to bring the truth in light. (Report) Reply

  • Patrick A. Martin (8/17/2009 11:09:00 AM)

    6/10 my God they're tough judges around here Michael must be all poets. You are exactly right it is important that our poetry ignites the imagination of the reader or they won't want to read poetry. Poets should not be there to honor themselves that's just ego.10 from me anyway. (Report) Reply

  • Saadat Tahir (7/1/2009 2:27:00 PM)

    u got a n aggregate of 6/10 on this one figures...

    you thumb noses at PH...pay for it

    BTW i fully endorse and aggree...its a very nice write.....in the tradition ;)
    cheers (Report) Reply

  • Dr.subhendu Kar (6/11/2009 10:43:00 AM)

    every reader is an invitation
    for the poets to match their imagination.......oh what a eclectic view by the cycle of invitation and appreciation, yet a muse divine by the poet and readers, wonderful write ingenious,10+++++, thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Wojja Fink (2/20/2009 10:43:00 AM)

    Michael, thanks for that quick spin round the ether, and you've even got a licence.
    wojja. (Report) Reply

  • Tom J. Mariani (10/31/2007 9:28:00 AM)

    I will add this to the poem by Billy Collins titled 'Introduction to Poetry' as the best advice I can think of when writing or reading poetry. I've just started reading your work. This piece is a great way to meet you. I am looking forward to getting to the rest as time allows.
    Cheers from leap accross The Pond and a long stage ride from the East Coast.
    Tom (Report) Reply

  • Alison Cassidy (8/23/2006 7:44:00 AM)

    I see poetry on the page as a discourse between two people - the writer and the reader. If no one reads the poem of course, it becomes a solo discourse. In the scheme of things it probably doesn't matter what the poet's intention was, or what the reader's interpretation is. The discourse is what matters and I find discourse with this poet very agreeable. Always.
    love, Allie xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Report) Reply

  • Danny Reynolds (8/17/2006 7:34:00 AM)

    So often the case, as is the reverse. Where the message is missed by a country kilometre, but lessons are learned. A known audience can be catered for, when we tailor our work to suit? (Report) Reply

  • ***** ********* (8/17/2006 6:59:00 AM)

    Interesting perspective Michael, Art in my opinion is something that makes the viewer or reader think differently after or during the experience. Whether it annoys or delights, it still made the difference and that is what art is to me! Making the difference, to the artist in it's expression and or to the viewer.

    It is when writing or art drips boredom, that the waste of time and space becomes relevant! lol I think the first line in poetry is just as important in attention grabbing, as the first paragraph of a great novel. If they don't grasp the nettle straight away, they will never read the whole book, or get the whole painterly picture. A good thought provoking poem on writers and readerships. Thank the lord there is such a choice and we are all different. Smiling at you, Tai (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (8/17/2006 6:18:00 AM)

    A Poet must write for himself first and foremost if they are to be able to buy into their own Artistry with payment in full up front..Yet being still ever cognizant that
    if Readers don't like, Readers redirect their Eyes. Ergo, the Poets pickle of Stand
    versus Fan.....I like this Mr. Shepherd. How's my CASSINGITIS coming along? Not too disruptive to the Corneas eh? ''''''''''''''''''''''FRANK (Report) Reply

  • Tara very irritated with PH injustice (8/17/2006 6:08:00 AM)

    Laughing on reading your eloquent taking of the Michael, Michael! - Tis true though. The occasional comment whose writer has read something lofty and intelligent into what the poet thought to be a banal and meaningless phrase makes one wonder... who's the fool here! ! - 'Grand write'. (Don't like the word 'great') . t x (Report) Reply

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