Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

361. ! ! On Being A Poet 7/11/2008
362. ! ! Meditation 8/6/2008
363. ! ! The God Who Talks To Children 7/31/2008
364. ! ! Today 4/16/2008
365. ! ! The Guy In The Photograph 1/25/2008
366. ! ! On The Incredibly Subtle Art Of Walking 1/26/2008
367. ! ! To Elizabeth Bishop 2/12/2008
368. ! ! In His Eyes, His Eyes 3/4/2008
369. ! ! The Necessity Of Luxury 3/5/2008
370. ! ! To Parents 2/27/2008
371. 0031 A Realist Film Set 12/28/2006
372. 0012 'Only One Life Was Lost In This Disaster'' 12/28/2006
373. 0004 Love Lyric: When Everything Is Said... 12/19/2006
374. ! E-Ssential Rap Gospel 'Tude 2/6/2007
375. ! A Poem Deconstructing Itself In Homage To Barthes And Derrida (For Wendy If She Can Decode It) 2/8/2007
376. ! ...Their Blackness... 1/20/2007
377. 0016 Weirdwords 11/2/2006
378. 0019 Shopping 11/2/2006
379. 0013 Pink Without Think 9/24/2006
380. A Pig Of A Cliché Day 9/25/2006
381. 0038 Underthings 8/22/2006
382. 0012 Re: Poem For Maryliz 8/24/2006
383. 0004 Lyric 3: Rosefall 9/3/2006
384. A Born Crook 9/14/2006
385. A Whispered Rant In Disguise 9/14/2006
386. 0120 A Tribute To James P., Poet 5/20/2006
387. 0221 Rain In May 5/16/2006
388. 0203 Evensong 5/11/2006
389. 0048 On First Reading Rilke 5/2/2006
390. 0299 Customs And Excise 4/26/2006
391. Ennui 4/27/2006
392. ! It's Time For A Little Timelessness 8/28/2007
393. ! Rain Is Never Blue 8/2/2007
394. ! Oh Yes It Was 8/10/2007
395. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 51: Beyond Artifice 6/26/2007
396. ! Being Philosophic About It All 7/28/2007
397. ! The Girl Who Was A Waiter 7/24/2007
398. ! A Rainy Day Enjoyed 7/13/2007
399. ! Love And Understanding 7/3/2007
400. ! 'It's Joost Not Furr! ...' 5/20/2007

Comments about Michael Shepherd

  • Lare Austin (2/4/2005 2:22:00 PM)

    Hi Michael...I just read 'She Of The Happy Sky'....I very much enjoyed this read...very well done...very good story telling...


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  • Michael Shepherd (1/28/2005 6:48:00 AM)

    thanks guys for all the kind words. It's so good to know one's poetry is read, right?

    point of this comment - I feel strongly that we should praise each others' work - when we get the urge - by saying how much we enjoy it. Not how 'good' it is.
    'good', 'excellent' etc read like teachers' reports and can seem slightly, er, patronising, generalised. etc.?

  • Lare Austin (1/22/2005 12:06:00 PM)

    Hi Michael...I just read your poem, 'The Day'. Yes...life does continue to go on, despite our occasional personal flat tires....(I said that right...didn't I?) ...

    Lare Austin

  • Lare Austin (12/29/2004 1:10:00 PM)

    Hi Michael...your piece, 'Just A Moment', says it all about those kind of days. You have a very gifted way with words. I look forward to an upcoming book from you.

    Your Friend in Poetry...

    Lare Joseph Austin

  • Darrell Rohling (12/26/2004 5:23:00 PM)

    Just read your 'Fingertip to Fingertip' poem, very nice. I thoroughly resonated with it's world-wide affirmation of connection...it is indeed a real thing, a miracle of our mdern age. Where would we be today if this form was available to Shakespear? Finally, this poem reminded me of mine entitled Face to Faith, if you recall that from your earlier gracious reading of my stuff...



  • David Keig (10/17/2004 7:51:00 PM)


    my thanks for your encouraging words about my poetry.....i only started writing this year after a 30+ year break since schooldays

    enjoying yr poetry too and good luck with the book of yr work that is to be published


  • Cj Heck Cj Heck (9/23/2004 3:55:00 PM)

    Hello Michael,
    I know I've been 'quiet', as you said in your warm note. I wish I could say it was a creative 'quiet', but it's a disgusted 'quiet'. This website is really beginning to bug me and I'm thinking of finding a new 'home' for my poetry. The pop-ups are incredibly annoying, the fact that you don't really have a place to post proper notes to people is annoying, and this latest problem with losing everything posted since June is the straw that broke the proverbial camel's back... if you would like to talk, my email is cjheck@barkingspiderspoetry.com.
    Take care, my poet friend.
    Warmest regards,

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?

Read the full of Love Love Love

0030 Breasts

I’ve only got to say the word…and
I can hear the male murmur murmur right now
mixed with a hurhur hurhur as of naughty boys…
suddenly lips and fingers have their vivid, hungry memories…
while ladies have their own reactions
not unaware of the murmur hurhur and the fact
that some men think they own these, ungifted, as of right…

and some of us, perforce, have memories as intimate,

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