Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

441. 0021 Santa Claus Franchises Inc: A Public Statement 11/11/2006
442. ! A Thankyou To Margaret 2/12/2007
443. ! ! Harvest Festival 10/12/2008
444. ! ! Celebrating Philip Larkin 6/7/2009
445. New Balls Please... Yes It's Another Rant... 7/7/2007
446. Footnote To A Famous Poem 10/22/2006
447. ! ! Gertrude Stein Met Marilyn Monroe In Tiffany's 2/4/2007
448. Lights! Camera! ....Action! ... 8/12/2009
449. A Public Apology 7/12/2007
450. ! Horse And Rider 8/28/2007
451. ! Benediction 4/3/2007
452. 0276 Savagery 3/10/2006
453. 0021 Football's New Rules 11/14/2006
454. 0027 That Baker Boy 11/17/2006
455. 0014 A Hindu Temple Speaks 11/18/2006
456. 0011 Contragulations To Poemhunter's Damnable Mini-Quiz 12/10/2006
457. ! E P I P H A N Y 1/1/2007
458. ! ! On The Morning Of Christ's Nativity 12/24/2006
459. ! A Garfunkel Moment 2/17/2007
460. ! Funnyossities 3/14/2007
461. ! The Dark Cloud Of Depression 1/17/2007
462. Coleridge On Poets 1/12/2007
463. ! Beauty Of The Shining Self 1/29/2007
464. On Modern Poetry 8/25/2006
465. 0286 Aircrew Stopover 5/22/2006
466. 0005 A Shouting Poem 10/8/2006
467. 0369 Prayer. To Mike, Who Asked. 4/26/2006
468. 00401 The First Time 5/6/2006
469. 0271 Texting Poetry (Hamlet's Soliloquy) 4/28/2006
470. Pride - For Mike 4/28/2006
471. 0029 Hezbollah 7/27/2006
472. Are You Sure You'Re Wrong? 7/31/2006
473. 0060 Melanin 9/5/2006
474. 0039 Well, Chop My Prose! 9/8/2006
475. 0028 Root For The Vegetable Rights Movement! 8/19/2006
476. ! A Thousand Poems 4/12/2007
477. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 12 3/30/2007
478. Another ******* Rant... 6/9/2007
479. ! The Forum 5/8/2007
480. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi,52: Where? 9/1/2007

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

Sonnet And Sonata

May sonnet ever match sonata form?
whose opening movement catches restless mind;
whose new and ever-fresh harmonious sound
puts spark in eye and ear, and feet on ground;

then, slower movement, drawing us to still peace,
takes mind within to where all movements cease;
murmuring all that inner nature knows,
restoring to our self its true repose.

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