Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

681. ! Lyric 5: Staggered Assonance 2/25/2007
682. ! Godlike 3/13/2007
683. 0004 Love And Law; Law And Love 11/22/2006
684. 0026 Why Waste Time 11/26/2006
685. 0004 The Gifts Which Gifted On.. 12/17/2006
686. 0011 Blown Rose Wise 12/15/2006
687. 0013 The Witness Box 11/13/2006
688. 0015 Aftermath Of War 10/7/2006
689. 0011 For The Godless But Good-Natured 10/2/2006
690. Why I Hate Poemhunter's Googly Ads 7/31/2006
691. 0021 Under The Bridge Of Time 7/28/2006
692. ! Planet Dearth 8/17/2007
693. ! Bird's Nest 8/30/2007
694. ! Old Age And Senior Moments 11/22/2007
695. ! Cradled In A Crescent Moon 12/26/2007
696. ! Shop Until You Surface 10/27/2007
697. ! 'No Cell-Phones During Office Hours' 11/14/2007
698. Its Jerry Hughes Day 1/4/2006
699. 0086 The Radiance 1/5/2006
700. The Guy Who Stands At The Entrance To The Year 12/31/2005
701. 0245 The Sound Of The Flute 1/2/2006
702. 0248 To A Poet I'Ve Just Read 12/29/2005
703. Internet Dating: Found Poem 7 3/5/2006
704. A Mireille 6/17/2005
705. 0316 Faith - For You Who Asked 3/28/2006
706. The Foolish Verges On The Wise 12/15/2005
707. 0014 Lyric 2 7/17/2006
708. The Search For Self. From The Indian. 7/20/2006
709. 0166 January Sunlight 1/23/2005
710. Sporty Thoughts On Wimbledon 7/2/2005
711. Found Poem 5 9/1/2005
712. Poem For The Sorely Tested 4/10/2007
713. ! Childhood Circles Around 9/14/2007
714. ! Pain 8/30/2007
715. Here's A Pop-Up Thought In A Pop-Up World 1/13/2006
716. ! ! Metaphors 7/8/2009
717. ! ! Spiderthread 7/14/2009
718. ! ! A Smile For Meena 8/28/2009
719. ! ! A Thought After Yeats 12/2/2009
720. ! ! Barely Rhymed Sonnet: Love And Law 12/9/2009

Comments about Michael Shepherd

  • dissatified exmember (2/10/2005 12:51:00 PM)

    Good Morning Michael
    I have just read your poem... a wish/the wish......for the 4th time and still can't get the title right. In my mind that means the poem had such an impact on me that I forgot to read the Title. Something I confess is a bad habit..
    I just LOVE that poem.

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  • kenneth william snow (2/10/2005 10:16:00 AM)


    Thanks for the encouraging words. I am not one to be easily discouraged. Take care!

  • 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...


  • 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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