Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

921. ! ! The Riches Of The Self 9/25/2009
922. ! ! Celebrating Spring 2/16/2008
923. ! ! Coo Coo Coo 2/22/2008
924. ! ! C-Day Minus X 2/18/2008
925. ! ! Praying Hands 3/24/2008
926. ! ! Minutes Of A Day's Work On The Bible 11/20/2008
927. ! ! New Year Irresolution 1/1/2009
928. 0410 The Runner 1/17/2006
929. ! Rumi Was Here 11/17/2007
930. ! ! A Sonnet In Soul's Eyes 1/26/2009
931. ! ! These Three 9/14/2008
932. ! ! The Mind's Polarities 4/15/2008
933. ! ! Carol For Advent 12/10/2009
934. ! ! Act One Scene One: A Wood Near Athens 2/22/2010
935. ! Reciprosity 9/23/2007
936. ! Saint Valentine On Tough Love 1/31/2005
937. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi: 56: The Possibility Of Happiness 9/10/2007
938. ! A Buddhist Speaks: A Man Listens, Drinks 9/12/2007
939. ! Another Cliché, Er, Bites The Dust 4/16/2007
940. ! Sculpting Krishna (2) 12/6/2007
941. ! ! How To Quarrel 1/5/2008
942. ! The Monk And The Tree 12/27/2007
943. 0026 To Live In Poetry 9/14/2006
944. 0016 Fathers, Sons, And Families 11/7/2006
945. 0006 A Thankyou To A Fellow Poet 12/30/2006
946. 0137 Afternoon Love At The Lawyer's Chambers 3/30/2006
947. Enter Not, Love - For Eh 9/28/2004
948. In Answer To Your E-Mail... 7/15/2005
949. From Sengtzan (Died 606 Ad/Ce) , The Third Patriarch Of Zen 9/21/2004
950. 0074 Spider Spider... 9/22/2004
951. 0057 Strict Tempo - A Poem To Dance To 7/4/2005
952. Automne 6/18/2005
953. Mr. Edward Lear Meets The Australian Poets In Limerick 2/16/2006
954. 0212 It's Just An Age Thing 11/3/2005
955. Amen, Hot Hep Heptameter 1/3/2006
956. 0374 Seasonal Greetings To... 12/4/2005
957. 0213 Late Night Reverie 4/14/2005
958. 0336 Japanese Silk Print 5/24/2005
959. Poetic Swedes In Outer Space Sensation 11/18/2004
960. 0408 The Phoenix Museum 9/26/2004

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

0030 Breasts

I’ve only got to say the word…and
I can hear the male murmur murmur right now
mixed with a hurhur hurhur as of naughty boys…
suddenly lips and fingers have their vivid, hungry memories…
while ladies have their own reactions
not unaware of the murmur hurhur and the fact
that some men think they own these, ungifted, as of right…

and some of us, perforce, have memories as intimate,

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