Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

761. 0031 An Arab, A Christian, And A Jew... 7/27/2006
762. 0193 American Poetry 2/20/2006
763. Do Pterodactyls Write In Dactyls? 9/20/2005
764. 0040 For Tara's Friends Named And Unnamed 8/4/2006
765. Samuel And Harold Discuss Ovid's Dictum 7/20/2006
766. 0008 A Love Poem In A New Old Language 7/14/2006
767. 0010 A Day, A Meadow, A Miracle 6/16/2006
768. 0115 Windows Nothing Reading 5/21/2005
769. 0243 The Second Coming 8/5/2005
770. Politically Incorrect Poem 2 7/29/2005
771. 0007 Rilke On Solitude 9/14/2005
772. ! ! English Teacher 2/17/2006
773. 0234 The Book To The Reader 2/1/2006
774. Ratting On The Ratings 3/5/2006
775. 0314 Executive Decision 10/21/2005
776. Sonnet For The Day Of Epiphany 1/6/2006
777. 0257 When The Heart Melts 1/9/2006
778. 0268 The Happy Man 1/13/2006
779. Ignore The Ad Above This Poem 1/13/2006
780. 0395 Sunset Boulevard 12/18/2005
781. 0009 Before Birth: Those Who Will Lean Over Me 11/21/2006
782. 0017 And Where The Joy 11/10/2006
783. 0029 The Past Is Past - Then It Returns 11/24/2006
784. 0008 The Gift 12/29/2006
785. 0007: 2007 - Year Of Revolting Poets 12/31/2006
786. 0007 I Thought Of Her 1/2/2007
787. ! Faves And Yuks 1/13/2007
788. ! What A Wild Wind Today 1/18/2007
789. ! Metaphysical Prayer 2/26/2007
790. ! To Denis, Tara, And The Muse Of Poetry 3/11/2007
791. ! And Meanwhile Love 3/17/2007
792. ! ! Thumbnails And Finger Ends 1/11/2008
793. ! Mind That Mind! 12/6/2007
794. ! The Wheelwright. For David 10/22/2007
795. ! My Father's Plato 10/25/2007
796. ! .. S A D 5/11/2007
797. ! The Wisdom Of Toys 8/28/2007
798. Today A Windy Monday 3/29/2007
799. ! Meeting Mister Blake The Poet In The Strand 12/19/2006
800. 0013 A New Poetic Language 9/24/2006

Comments about Michael Shepherd

  • 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.?

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  • 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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