Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

401. Theses, Faeces, Syntheses 5/1/2007
402. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 20 4/24/2007
403. ! To The Spirits Of Abn 'Arabi, Poet, And Averroes, Philosopher 4/27/2007
404. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 10 3/29/2007
405. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 8 3/24/2007
406. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 3 3/22/2007
407. ! 'I Am A Part Of All That I Have Met'.. 11/8/2007
408. ! Dancing The Invisible Line 10/18/2007
409. ! Rumi Passed By Here Today 10/5/2007
410. ! A Tribute To Ramana Maharshi 10/4/2007
411. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 71 - In Praise Of Metaphor 10/2/2007
412. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 62 - Religion 9/27/2007
413. ! A Hero Of His Clime 9/26/2007
414. ! The Life Or Death Question 9/8/2007
415. ! Oooh Grandma, What A Big Ovophil You Are... 9/18/2007
416. ! How Brave This New World Shines! How Fine Its Words! 9/19/2007
417. ! ! On Not Writing A Poem 1/12/2008
418. ! ! The Heart's Light 1/2/2008
419. ! Artist As Verb 12/11/2007
420. ! 'Perceived Insults' 12/4/2007
421. 0272 Somme Day 7/1/2006
422. 0046 The Measured Life 7/18/2006
423. 0207 Hover Fly 7/3/2006
424. Thinks - Sphinx? 8/16/2006
425. 0025 The Godown Of Knowledge 8/10/2006
426. Not Quite Drowning But Waving 6/5/2005
427. God Friday 4/14/2006
428. Found Poem 7 4/8/2006
429. 0034 Going To School To Rilke 4/11/2006
430. Experimental Poem - For Vincent 4/14/2006
431. ! 0253 To Li Po On Saint Patrick's Day 3/17/2006
432. Just 22 Miles Of Water 3/8/2006
433. 0009 Medieval English Cathedral 12/19/2005
434. 0050 Morning Rain In Early Autumn 8/7/2006
435. ! Christmas Butterfly 12/30/2007
436. ! Hypersyllabic Lyric With Catalexis (For Mary Oliver) 12/13/2007
437. ! A High Cue, Or Japanese Billiards 10/25/2007
438. ! A Little Grammar Is Most Becoming, It Becomes A Man... 5/20/2007
439. ! Joy Enjoyed With Or Without Hope... 8/2/2007
440. 0021 Santa Claus Franchises Inc: A Public Statement 11/11/2006

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

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

Jewish Haiku

Four thousand years of Hebrew
and still no word for 'tact'.
So who needs it?

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