Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

441. ! A Thankyou To Margaret 2/12/2007
442. ! ! Harvest Festival 10/12/2008
443. ! ! Celebrating Philip Larkin 6/7/2009
444. Lights! Camera! ....Action! ... 8/12/2009
445. New Balls Please... Yes It's Another Rant... 7/7/2007
446. ! ! Gertrude Stein Met Marilyn Monroe In Tiffany's 2/4/2007
447. Footnote To A Famous Poem 10/22/2006
448. 0051 The Blackbird Of Truth 8/15/2006
449. 0276 Savagery 3/10/2006
450. ! Horse And Rider 8/28/2007
451. ! Benediction 4/3/2007
452. A Public Apology 7/12/2007
453. 0021 Football's New Rules 11/14/2006
454. On Modern Poetry 8/25/2006
455. 0286 Aircrew Stopover 5/22/2006
456. 0005 A Shouting Poem 10/8/2006
457. 0271 Texting Poetry (Hamlet's Soliloquy) 4/28/2006
458. Pride - For Mike 4/28/2006
459. 0369 Prayer. To Mike, Who Asked. 4/26/2006
460. 00401 The First Time 5/6/2006
461. Are You Sure You'Re Wrong? 7/31/2006
462. 0029 Hezbollah 7/27/2006
463. 0028 Root For The Vegetable Rights Movement! 8/19/2006
464. 0060 Melanin 9/5/2006
465. 0039 Well, Chop My Prose! 9/8/2006
466. ! A Garfunkel Moment 2/17/2007
467. ! Funnyossities 3/14/2007
468. ! The Dark Cloud Of Depression 1/17/2007
469. Coleridge On Poets 1/12/2007
470. ! Beauty Of The Shining Self 1/29/2007
471. ! E P I P H A N Y 1/1/2007
472. ! ! On The Morning Of Christ's Nativity 12/24/2006
473. 0011 Contragulations To Poemhunter's Damnable Mini-Quiz 12/10/2006
474. 0027 That Baker Boy 11/17/2006
475. 0014 A Hindu Temple Speaks 11/18/2006
476. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 12 3/30/2007
477. ! A Thousand Poems 4/12/2007
478. ! The Forum 5/8/2007
479. Another ******* Rant... 6/9/2007
480. ! Electric Haiku 8/23/2007

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

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;

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