Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

521. ! ! To A Fellow Poet 11/1/2008
522. ! ! Emily Dickinson Takes A Poetry Course 12/15/2008
523. ! ! Senryu To A Curry In A Hurry 2/12/2008
524. ! ! To A Much Loved Poet 1/28/2008
525. ! ! Two Paper-Thin Haikus 2/7/2008
526. ! In The Steps Of Rumi 81: Grace 11/17/2007
527. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi: 74: Bliss 10/6/2007
528. ! ! Donald Rumsfeld Meets William Wordsworth 3/18/2006
529. ! ! Liberation 5/22/2009
530. ! ! A Rich Interior Life With Style 2/4/2008
531. ! A Not-Quaiku 8/9/2007
532. ! A Ring Of Bright Words Dancing 1/16/2007
533. ! Poem As Baby 2/26/2007
534. 0201 Two Skins, One Thick, One Thin 5/7/2006
535. ! Charity, Caring, Loving-Kindness 11/15/2007
536. ! The Hunger Without A Name 12/9/2007
537. ! Ecstatitude 8/10/2007
538. ! A Message Of Hope 8/10/2007
539. ! A Cautionary Tale For Parents 9/6/2007
540. ! A Life In The Day Of 7/30/2007
541. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 41 - Prayer 5/7/2007
542. ! A Thankyou For A Comment 4/2/2007
543. 0424 Walking Together 4/25/2006
544. Small Talk Angel Style 4/28/2006
545. 0026 The Other Poetry 9/2/2006
546. 0010 The Great Release 10/4/2006
547. 0136 Agitation In Hundred-Acre Wood 5/23/2006
548. 0378 Song Of Impatience And Experience 5/24/2006
549. Write Yours Now 5/21/2006
550. 0017 The Philosophical Goldfish 6/7/2006
551. 0013 Basho Reads Robert Frost 11/9/2006
552. 0012 Remembering And Being Reminded 10/9/2006
553. Gertrude Stein Chews The Fat 10/23/2006
554. 0005 'What Is There To Live For? ' 12/9/2006
555. Fr Ee Cummings And Goings 11/22/2006
556. 0009 Mild And Bitter Thoughts 12/2/2006
557. ! A Silent Night, And Stars 12/19/2006
558. Lifelines 12/26/2006
559. 0251 To Jerry Hughes At 75 1/3/2006
560. 0414 This Other Eden, Demi-Paradise..Yeah? 2/8/2006

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

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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