Michael Shepherd

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Comments about Michael Shepherd

  • Andrew Konisberg (6/5/2005 4:27:00 PM)

    Michael, I can't believe I have never been on your comments page. I have read and enjoyed much of your work. You have often brought a modicum of decorum to the web-site. Yet, more importantly, you have offered some very laconic poetry and presented much food for thought. I like your style and salute your sonnets. You have also never failed to present yourself in a gentlemanly way, and are always there with words of encouragement (for even MY laughable attempts at writing a 'sonnet') . You are a paradigm of consistency and a bastion of erudition and good sense. Having said all that, can I loan some money?

    Best regards, A.K.47

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  • Raynette Eitel (5/20/2005 5:55:00 PM)

    Michael Shepherd is a poet who has mastered the craft of poetry. He manages to blend reality and fantasy in a believable manner and shares his memories and emotions without becoming maudlin. We are blessed to have so many of his poems on this website.


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  • Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (4/29/2005 2:40:00 PM)

    Michael Shepherd is an excellent poet and an even better friend. he has great taste in beer, too!


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  • Michael Shepherd (4/8/2005 4:32:00 AM)

    He Ru, groet! Wilkomen op poemhunter... en bedankt voor gefeliciteerd met mijn verjaardag! Tot ziens... veel liefs, Michael

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  • Michael Gessner (3/19/2005 2:14:00 PM)

    'A Novel Situation' is as finely spun as it gets; the language becomes the thing itself. I was switched into the scene with the exchange of the two figures in Sz.
    1, and thereafter the journey was irrevocably the reader's own. It's rare when a poem becomes the thing itself. The piece is a fascination.

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  • Sandra Osborne (3/12/2005 11:42:00 PM)

    from Paul....

    Paul England (3/12/2005 1: 08: 00 AM)
    Yes you think i'm angry no i just smile
    and i live in the real world and to call me sick is
    sad you people talked ill about my dead brother
    and i fight like a mad man you asked for it
    don't sit moaning now and if micheal speaks
    that way about me behind my back then he is
    not the man i thought he was

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  • Christian Eliab Ratnam (3/7/2005 9:35:00 PM)

    The poem ' A grief ago' was a beautiful piece of work. I would want to ponder on it a little more. GREAT WORK! ! !

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  • kenneth william snow kenneth william snow (3/7/2005 11:38:00 AM)

    I've just been perusing your poetry and I am greatly impressed. I need to set some time aside to properly absorb your witty offerings. I look forward to spending some quality time with your words and your wisdom.


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  • Michael Tonkin (2/23/2005 4:09:00 AM)

    Thank you for your words of encouragement. Yes, I remember Heath Robinson very well, I think his drawings were made by a genius, if he was not a genius he was very close to it. I have thought along the same lines as you, a series of ropes and pulleys and a kiss on my...................Oh heavenly.

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  • Michael Tonkin (2/20/2005 5:46:00 AM)

    Thank you for your comments Michael, and hilarously serious is about right I think.
    Getting married when I did was such a mistake that all I can do is laugh now, although at the time it seemed, not logical but sort of sensible. Oh heck, it happened and I still can't tell you why. What a farce.

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Best Poem of Michael Shepherd

! Metaphor

A pretty girl
is like a simile
and vice-a-versa
so I'd say
for like the sunlight it
delights our so prosaic day

and life is better for
a metaphor
when apposite
to what you write

the first I used
that made some sense
came out of childish

before I read
the word in prose
I thought that what
just goes and goes

was 'dire rear' -
not too bad
as an idea
for a nappy-happy lad?

Read the full of ! Metaphor

0197 Being In Mind

Poets seek in poems, a truth that's yet to be:
to catch those glories half-formed in the mind,
those tantalising visions which we see
for fleeting seconds; fear may never find

again; yet leave a presence in the air,
the evanescent substance of a dream,
like half-remembered, half-forgotten care,
but known to be more real than they seem;