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Poets Are Holy Hypocrites - Poem by Michael Shepherd

poets are holy hypocrites;
it’s their blessing and their curse.

they sit for as long as it takes
like terriers at a foxhole

or for second-best practice,
at a rabbit-hole,

totally still, alert, all their powers
poured into attention;

what a lesson dogs
are for humans

then – a movement in
their consciousness; it could be

anything creative – a film, a poem;
and with it comes the sense

of wonder; they are as children
living in an eternal present

of the universe as gift;
they take up their pen or keyboard

and, so carefully, as they
would handle a new-born baby,

write down this spell for that it is
for the benefit of others quite unknown

and then like a christening shawl,
white, soft, handmade with love,

offer it to the world.
then some who believe its magic

read the spell, are reborn
or cured, or restored

to good health and humour
or simply have a good day

while those who don’t believe the spell,
well of course the magic doesn’t work for them

so far so very good. But then
those who aren’t into wanting spells

and have opinions about
their opinions, say, that word is wrong,

so it’s not a magic spell. it’s a bad spell,
in fact it’s not a spell at all

and others who also have opinions
about their opinions, say, that word is right,

so it’s a good and magic spell; and there they are,
all crowded round peering through their

dirty glasses, pushing and shoving and shouting
to get nearer the spell and have their say

and oh dear, there's the poet in there too
saying oh do you really think that

I'd better look at it again
and see if you might be right

and sad to say, some poets
begin to worry, about whether

the words of their spell are quite right
not trusting the magic, as if

it came from them and not from itself...
and the magic shrugs its shoulders

and says oh well and goes some place else
where it might be more appreciated

poets are holy hypocrites;
it’s their blessing and their curse


[with more than a little acknowledgement to the vision of Michael Leunig, cartoonist and Living National Treasure]


Comments about Poets Are Holy Hypocrites by Michael Shepherd

  • Rookie Ted Sheridan (8/10/2007 7:22:00 AM)

    Michael, you have a wonderful muse. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie David Taylor (8/10/2007 5:09:00 AM)

    No Worries! ....Be Happy! ....Love from David (Report) Reply

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Poems About Magic

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  4. 4. The Magic In You , Sylvia Chidi
  5. 5. Sonnet Cycle To M C After William Shakes.. , Jonathan ROBIN
  6. 6. Black Magic , Paula Glynn
  7. 7. At A Rock Music Concert , Gert Strydom
  8. 8. If I Had The Magic , MELVIN BANGGOLLAY
  9. 9. Love Is Like Magic , LOVE ACADEMY
  10. 10. There's Magic In The Air - Pantoum , Patti Masterman
  11. 11. Meeting You That Evening , RIC S. BASTASA
  12. 12. A Magnificent Dream , Hafsa Qureshi
  13. 13. My Lovely Beauty Princess, I Love You So.. , Ali Sabry
  14. 14. Magic Brooms And Magic Pebbles , RIC S. BASTASA
  15. 15. Magic , Heather Burns
  16. 16. The Magic Theatre, For Madmen Only , Wojja Fink
  17. 17. Falling... , Kasi Navadomskis
  18. 18. Only The Poor People Have Pretty Dreams , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  19. 19. Magic Mystic Light , Juan Olivarez
  20. 20. Fairies At The Bottom Of The Garden , Paula Glynn
  21. 21. Sonnet Cycle To M C After William Shakes.. , Jonathan ROBIN
  22. 22. Why Do I Love You? , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  23. 23. A Magic Door , David Harris
  24. 24. Love Is The Only Magic , Ankita Sharma
  25. 25. Poof! , Glenn Bagshaw
  26. 26. My Magic Box , Deborah Ashdown
  27. 27. Power Rangers Wax Music , Ramona Thompson
  28. 28. Magic , David Harris
  29. 29. Purest Magic , Carolyn Brunelle
  30. 30. Magic , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  31. 31. The Magical Music Show(Lyrics) : , Kim Robin Edwards
  32. 32. Beach Wet , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  33. 33. Weaving Magic , Heather Burns
  34. 34. I Got A Black Magic Man , Aldo Kraas
  35. 35. Magic Moment , Bill Simmons
  36. 36. In The Animal Durbar Aliens Teeter-Totte.. , Harindhar Reddy
  37. 37. The Phantom Deer , Dora Sigerson Shorter
  38. 38. The Magic Forest , Jay Haa
  39. 39. Magic Well , Paul World
  40. 40. There Is No Magic Anymore , David Lessard
  41. 41. Smile , Custous Angelus
  42. 42. Magic Dance (Lyrics) , Satan's Sibling
  43. 43. What Magic , Sunitria Couser
  44. 44. Magical Sunset , Philo Yan
  45. 45. Magic At My House , Gabrielle Shutt
  46. 46. Love Something Hard To Understand , wenhao wang
  47. 47. Magic Dust , Noemi Lee
  48. 48. 'The Magic Of Your Eyes' , Kelly Seale
  49. 49. My Magic Box , Daniella Ramirez
  50. 50. Magic Man , Lala Singer
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