Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

841. 0241 The Poet Tree 6/30/2005
842. Philosophy 10/17/2006
843. 0031 An Arab, A Christian, And A Jew... 7/27/2006
844. 0016 Amphibrach 11/7/2006
845. 0013 And, Friend... 11/13/2006
846. 0343 Love Poem 3/4/2005
847. ! ! Horses For Courses 6/6/2008
848. ! ! Swan Song 1/24/2008
849. ! ! That Thou Art (For Arthur And Phyllis) 2/17/2008
850. ! Mortal Thoughts In Advancing Age 1/13/2007
851. 0014 From The Koran, Sura 29 9/22/2004
852. 0322 Globetrotting Snails 1/26/2006
853. ! ! Peak District 2/22/2008
854. ! ! Is Music Mute The Poem's Ripened Fruit? 2/14/2008
855. The Mind's Strange Beauty, With Its Smile 4/25/2007
856. 0234 The Book To The Reader 2/1/2006
857. Green Thoughts From A Kyoto Garden In Spring After Closing Time 2/5/2006
858. ! ! Opera Dei- Mozart To The Life 1/28/2006
859. 0125 A Footballer Kicks A Cliché Into Touch 2/14/2006
860. 0314 Executive Decision 10/21/2005
861. 0231 That Day 9/23/2004
862. 0268 The Happy Man 1/13/2006
863. 0399 The Day You Went 9/24/2004
864. 0395 Sunset Boulevard 12/18/2005
865. Politically Incorrect Poem 2 7/29/2005
866. 0342 Like Me, Like You 9/26/2004
867. 0426 Was It A Smile Or A Cry? For Salma 4/29/2005
868. 0115 Windows Nothing Reading 5/21/2005
869. To A Fellow Poet, Rmw 11/17/2004
870. 0178 Mother And Son 5/17/2006
871. ! Faves And Yuks 1/13/2007
872. ! Metaphysical Prayer 2/26/2007
873. ! Maybe This Is What Bliss Is 3/7/2007
874. ! Saint Maximus At Prayer 11/30/2007
875. ! My Father's Plato 10/25/2007
876. ! The Wheelwright. For David 10/22/2007
877. ! F A T H E R 10/23/2007
878. ! On Rilke's Birthday,2007 12/4/2007
879. 0009 On Being Caned, Frequently 12/23/2006
880. Truth Is Stranger Than Friction 9/17/2006

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

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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