Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

681. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 10 3/29/2007
682. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 12 3/30/2007
683. ! Washedaye's Metaphysikale. For Tara. 3/31/2007
684. ! Prufrock Agonistes 4/2/2007
685. ! A Thankyou For A Comment 4/2/2007
686. ! Unbound Lyric, For Shirley Who Said So 4/23/2007
687. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 20 4/24/2007
688. ! Proverbs For Sellers Of Honours 4/24/2007
689. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 21 4/24/2007
690. ! Another Rant And A Wicked Suggestion 4/26/2007
691. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 23 4/26/2007
692. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 24 4/27/2007
693. ! To The Spirits Of Abn 'Arabi, Poet, And Averroes, Philosopher 4/27/2007
694. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 27 4/28/2007
695. ! Poetry As Bread - In The Spirit Of Rumi 28 4/30/2007
696. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 29 4/30/2007
697. ! Wild Bees, Lost Souls 4/30/2007
698. Theses, Faeces, Syntheses 5/1/2007
699. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi 30 - Sufi Haiku 5/1/2007
700. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 35 - Three Answers 5/5/2007
701. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 36 - The Rose Told Me 5/5/2007
702. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi 36 - The Rose Told Me 5/5/2007
703. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 41 - Prayer 5/7/2007
704. ! The Forum 5/8/2007
705. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 43 - The Poet 5/9/2007
706. ! .. S A D 5/11/2007
707. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 45 - The Lily 5/12/2007
708. ! Haiku After Rumi 5/12/2007
709. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 47 - A Confession Of Love Withheld 5/14/2007
710. ! Cutting Edge 5/14/2007
711. ! Sometimes It's Good To Underwrite 5/16/2007
712. ! The Eyes Of Impressionism 5/16/2007
713. ! 'It's Joost Not Furr! ...' 5/20/2007
714. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 50 - One Thing 5/20/2007
715. ! Hickory, Dickory, Deconstructed Dock... 5/22/2007
716. ! The Guy Who Ones Us.. 5/24/2007
717. ! Are Persons People? 6/3/2007
718. ! Tony Hoagland 6/4/2007
719. ! Saint Bernard In The Fields At Clairvaux. For Hilary. 6/5/2007
720. Another ******* Rant... 6/9/2007

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...

    Lare

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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)

    Michael,
    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...

    regards,

    Darrell

  • David Keig (10/17/2004 7:51:00 PM)

    michael

    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

    david

  • 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,
    CJ

Best Poem of Michael Shepherd

! Metaphor

A pretty girl
is like a simile
and vice-a-versa
so I'd say
for like the sunlight it
delights our so prosaic day

and life is better for
a metaphor
when apposite
to what you write

the first I used
that made some sense
came out of childish
innocence

before I read
the word in prose
I thought that what
just goes and goes

was 'dire rear' -
not too bad
as an idea
for a nappy-happy lad?

Read the full of ! Metaphor

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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