Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

561. 0202 Elocution Practice For Verse Speakers 2/9/2006
562. 0320 Forget Me? Not! 4/18/2006
563. 0198 Buddha Meets Christ, Says Nothing 4/14/2006
564. Oh No Not Another 4/14/2006
565. 0082 The New Grave 4/11/2006
566. The Everlasting Throes Of Those 3/10/2006
567. 0424 Walking Together 4/25/2006
568. 0041 Unaraluk The Shaman 8/16/2006
569. 0095 The Title Of This Poem Comes At The End 6/14/2006
570. ! ! Climate Change 1/18/2008
571. ! ! Self-Knowledge 7/15/2008
572. ! ! That Word - From A Poem By Kabir 7/21/2008
573. 0044 Liste Ye Thertyl Allé Thynge Ye Speke 8/22/2006
574. Poem For Tara, By Request 7/21/2006
575. ! ! Sharing Eternity - For The Sorrowing 2/25/2010
576. 0012 Basho On Robert Frost 11/11/2006
577. ! A Quiet Word To Poetry Teachers 2/18/2007
578. In The Spirit Of Rumi-39-The Desert 5/6/2007
579. From Goethe On Boldness (For Poets And Others 9/5/2007
580. Beach After Storm 6/18/2006
581. ! ! The Human Comedy 3/8/2008
582. ! In The Spirit Of Shabistari - 1 4/26/2007
583. ! Do Dolphins Leap Into Dolphin Heaven? 12/25/2007
584. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 35 - Three Answers 5/5/2007
585. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 36 - The Rose Told Me 5/5/2007
586. ! Wild Bees, Lost Souls 4/30/2007
587. 0011 Those White And Future Blues - To Chet 10/17/2006
588. 0011 'Living And Dying, Laughing And Forgetting' - Listening To Ferlinghetti 11/12/2006
589. 0200 Dementia 5/24/2006
590. 0020 A Loving Sestina To Our Lady 10/10/2006
591. 0015 Frenzy 10/6/2006
592. 0008 A Ghazal 11/20/2006
593. ! A Question About Art 3/13/2007
594. ! William Wordsworth Hits The West Coast 3/9/2007
595. ! In Memoriam: Anna Akhmatova, Poet 1/7/2007
596. ! No-One Comes Back From War. 1/17/2007
597. ! Jewels Of The Beach 1/26/2007
598. ! They Only Feel Real When... 2/3/2007
599. 0032 Conman 8/12/2006
600. 0053 More Heartstone Than Headstone 6/30/2006

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

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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