Michael Shepherd

Michael Shepherd Poems

Oh it's so easy to say -

'Give what you think you lack -
You feel unloved? Then give love, and love, and love...'...

'There is no grief
which time does not lessen
or soften' -
so said Cicero, a man so often right;

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...

A pretty girl
is like a simile
and vice-a-versa
so I'd say

so there you are in
your pram or kiddikarria
nicely tucked up,
being talked to in that

This is an angry poem.
About those weasel phrases
which blow like paper in the street
going nowhere,

He — or was it she?
was a child who said little
but walked, endlessly, just looking

I love you.

That's it, really.
all there is to say.

Someone mentioned your name yesterday
and I was silent

You loved goodness, you were goodness,

Who is that man who calls you ' a nobody'?
Oh, he's nobody.

Who is that man who says 'You're really somebody'?

Your bliss is not my bliss
and yet perhaps
if I tell you my bliss
there may be a place

and some other father at the club
says, has she flown the nest yet?
and it sounds so crude
you don’t want to answer.

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

a vehicle licensed

A centre and an expansion
a life centred expanding
the force of the centre whirls
a life without limit but it says

Your friend is one who answers to your needs:
the field you sow with love, and reap with thanks;
you seek him for your peace, to hear his heart;
and when he's silent - still his heart you hear:

Straightway - it's the tone.
Even; quiet but clear; is it writing, or is it talking?
As if to family: you're being filled in
on what happened yesterday or last week;

O Great Spirit,
You who in Your form of the Chapungu,
the great eagle with sharper eye than any aeroplane,
watches over us and knows all things;

They were young lovers, and seated at the table in the window;
where in Paris they'd be watching
the passers-by watching them...
but no.

We see you every day
on the newsreels
a face like the worn map of tragedy
lined with a life of service

Everyone but poets
(who have their own allegiances)
would acknowledge it – you were, and I guess still are,
the most famous and popular poet of

Michael Shepherd Biography

farmwork; 9-14 teacher; pro-am drama; scholarship to Oxford University to study Anglo-Saxon and English Literature; dropout; backstage Ballets de Paris; industrial journalism; midlife crisis around 25; invoice typist; bookshop assistant; art journalist; book reviewer; small book on Barbara Hepworth,1963; art critic for national newspapers and magazines 20 years; radio and television work; presented to Queen Mother for services to Canadian art; and to Rajeev Gandhi for services to Indian art; Post-graduate Thesis Tutor, Royal Academy of Art 20 years; Selector and Juror Mid-States Art Contest, Indiana; translator and research team for Letters of Marsilio Ficino; obituary writer for The Times; 24/7 carer 7 years; writer/editor of Ficino celebratory volume 1999(see Books page here) now translated into Dutch; political satirist for website, 'Call Me Tony'; proofreader for forthcoming 18-volume Encyclopaedia of Hindu Philosophy; various essays on 50 years of Zimbabwean sculpture; historical context essay for 'Gardens of Philosophy: Ficino on Plato' by Arthur Farndell, Shepheard-Walwyn Publishers,2006, £18.95; Godstow Press in Oxford published 136 sonnets under the title 'Awakening to Myself' in December 2004 (£15 postfree in Britain, contact Godstow Press for overseas postage) . For international payment, see info@godstowpress.co.uk Michael has been a member of the School of Economic Science/School of Practical Philosophy in London for 50 years, and moderates (2008) the Poetry Forum attached to its website. He is currently Text Editor for the online 'Hindupedia' encyclopaedia of Hinduism. His latest book on Waterperry is noted below.)

The Best Poem Of Michael Shepherd

Love Love Love

Oh it's so easy to say -

'Give what you think you lack -
You feel unloved? Then give love, and love, and love...'...

On the other hand -
Do you have any better advice?

Michael Shepherd Comments

Kaylyn Brown 18 December 2012

Can anyone tell me a site that i can go to to show others my poems?

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Dan Reynolds 07 March 2012

R, I, P, Michael. Your life made a difference.

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Alancia Lebogang Mogorosi 08 September 2007

great job, make me love poetry even more

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melissa mundy 26 January 2008

beautifully worded, graceful, harsh, yet so very soft...

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And the more I read the more I love.... t xxxxxxx

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