Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

401. 0012 The House Of Metaphor 6/29/2006
402. 0404 The Middle East In Two Lines 7/13/2006
403. 0008 A Love Poem In A New Old Language 7/14/2006
404. 0030 Your 'My Life' Exercise Book... 7/15/2006
405. 0014 Lyric 2 7/17/2006
406. 0015 Mrs Wordsworth Joins Poemhunter 7/17/2006
407. 0046 The Measured Life 7/18/2006
408. Found Poem 8 7/19/2006
409. Another Rant And Why Not 7/19/2006
410. 0038 Why I'M Ashamed Of Being British 7/19/2006
411. 0053 More Heartstone Than Headstone 6/30/2006
412. 0382 Sportsman Lacks Ship 6/30/2006
413. 0272 Somme Day 7/1/2006
414. Unicorn 14 7/2/2006
415. 0207 Hover Fly 7/3/2006
416. 0013 Aftermath: London, July 7,2005 7/7/2006
417. 0022 A Dickinsonian Ode To Hope 7/11/2006
418. 0023 Angel, Butterfly, Poem 7/11/2006
419. Those Wild Pink Salmon 7/11/2006
420. 0066 The Cell 7/12/2006
421. 0034 Poem With Which To Start A Poetry Reading 7/12/2006
422. That Jones Boy 7/13/2006
423. 0424 Walking Together 4/25/2006
424. 0158 For Fjr; Here's To Poetry 4/25/2006
425. 0299 Customs And Excise 4/26/2006
426. 0369 Prayer. To Mike, Who Asked. 4/26/2006
427. Ennui 4/27/2006
428. Small Talk Angel Style 4/28/2006
429. 0271 Texting Poetry (Hamlet's Soliloquy) 4/28/2006
430. Pride - For Mike 4/28/2006
431. 0153 Eine Kleine Morgenmusik 4/30/2006
432. And This For Dr With Thanks 5/1/2006
433. Golden Links In Golden Chains 5/1/2006
434. 0048 On First Reading Rilke 5/2/2006
435. 00401 The First Time 5/6/2006
436. To That Future One 5/11/2006
437. 0304 Drawing Space 5/11/2006
438. 0203 Evensong 5/11/2006
439. 0321 From A Drop, Of Gasolene 5/15/2006
440. 0221 Rain In May 5/16/2006

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

! 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

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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