Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

801. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 2 3/22/2007
802. ! ! The Salesman 7/21/2008
803. ! ! 4 Am,11 November 1918 11/9/2008
804. 0022 Unsung Malady 11/16/2006
805. ! O L D F A R T H O O D 12/29/2007
806. ! ? ! 'Please Read My Poems' 11/1/2009
807. ! ! Why Shouldn'T Poems... 4/14/2008
808. ! Poem For Jc And Ajs 7/16/2007
809. 0400 The Family 1/25/2006
810. 00327 Homage To John Ashbery 10/27/2005
811. 0337just A Moment 12/29/2004
812. 0144 Clickety 8/10/2005
813. Politically Incorrect Poem 3 7/30/2005
814. 0028 Aw....Bless... 7/15/2006
815. ! ! Three Of My Friends 1/17/2008
816. 0111 Visitor's Card 6/29/2006
817. Jewish Haiku 11/4/2005
818. 0238 The Moment 2/17/2006
819. 0413 There Not Back Kerouac 3/20/2005
820. 0250 To Indian Poets 9/6/2005
821. 0192 Always There Is Wisdom 6/28/2006
822. 0029 This Night, This Night Of Endless Miracle 8/8/2006
823. 0038 On The Day Of Christ's Epiphany 1/6/2005
824. The Unwise Wise 11/16/2006
825. 0006 'Love Is Knowledge' 12/3/2006
826. 0009 God's New Year Hangover 12/31/2006
827. 0013 Sainthood Via Automated Complaints 12/12/2006
828. ! Yee Haw! A Country And Worse-Than Lyric 1/12/2007
829. 0010 Poemhunter And The Simplicity Of Freedom 9/26/2006
830. 0020 Bliss 8/28/2006
831. 0052 The Child In Me - A Postmodern Lyric 9/8/2006
832. The Last Day 9/5/2006
833. 0028 Written While Queuing Two Abreast For The Rodin Exhibition 9/16/2006
834. 0024 There Is Here; Outside, Inside 9/2/2006
835. 'Proportionality'. A Disgusted Rant. 7/24/2006
836. ! ! Haiku For The Over-Zealous - Possibly Himself 2/10/2008
837. ! ! Candlelight 11/1/2009
838. Fare Well - And Yet Goodbye To All Farewells. 6/16/2005
839. 0241 The Poet Tree 6/30/2005
840. Philosophy 10/17/2006

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

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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