Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

761. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi 57: Grace 9/12/2007
762. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 73 - Whose Duality? 10/5/2007
763. ! Monet And Impressionism 12/10/2007
764. ! Ode On A Wedgwood Urn 8/16/2007
765. 0181 Mr And Mrs Andrews Seated In Their Estate 2/6/2006
766. 0242 The Poet's Secret Love 1/10/2006
767. 0075 The Events Of 12.25 12/22/2005
768. To Joyce And Blue Jays Everywhere 2/13/2005
769. Found Poem 3 7/4/2005
770. To An Almost Unknown Poet As Of Now 7/18/2005
771. Higher Waffle Of The Trochee Tribe 9/20/2005
772. Palinode For An Equinox 12/5/2005
773. 0034 Poem With Which To Start A Poetry Reading 7/12/2006
774. 0340 Leaping From The Psychiatrist's Couch 6/5/2005
775. 0373 Regret 6/5/2005
776. In Praise Of Euphony 6/24/2006
777. Dactylo-Epitrite... Got It? 9/20/2005
778. 0240 The Poet And The Tree 6/30/2005
779. Condy, Hold This Back. George. 12/18/2005
780. 0308 Dylan (4) 11/22/2005
781. Politically Incorrect Poem 4 7/31/2005
782. Clerihew 10/24/2005
783. 0256 What Are Those Kids Up To? 2/3/2006
784. 0233 The Blest 2/17/2006
785. ! Monk (1) 6/27/2007
786. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 6 3/23/2007
787. ! Gun Nuts 11/30/2007
788. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi: 60: Eachness 9/26/2007
789. 0009 Railway Restaurant 12/7/2006
790. ! Like The Lake A Chinese Poet Sits Beside In A Painting 12/27/2006
791. ! Mind That Heart 1/15/2007
792. ! Sweet And Sour 2/25/2007
793. 0027 In Honour Of Honour And Whauden 9/7/2006
794. 0049 One For The Inner Child 10/26/2006
795. 0026 Listening To A Reading By Robert Hass 11/7/2006
796. ! ! This Your Gift 5/20/2009
797. ! ! N A M A S T E 5/3/2009
798. ! ! Housefly 2/26/2008
799. ! ! Noh Poet 2/22/2008
800. ! ! A Humble Poet, Or A Proud? 2/22/2008

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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