Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

1041. The One Who Wrote 3/5/2006
1042. ! A Joyful Death In Life 8/4/2007
1043. ! ! Reading The Poems Of Billy Collins 7/3/2009
1044. ! ! Vanaprasthiya 6/15/2009
1045. ! ! Another For Hanque 6/10/2009
1046. ! ! P R A I S E 2/11/2009
1047. ! ! The Presence Of The Truly Great 3/15/2009
1048. ! ! Their Presence In Their Absence 4/25/2008
1049. ! ! Daphne 6/21/2008
1050. ! .. S A D 5/11/2007
1051. ! Victimisation As Threat And Control 11/13/2007
1052. ! And Meanwhile Love 3/17/2007
1053. Ratting On The Ratings 3/5/2006
1054. ! ! English Teacher 2/17/2006
1055. Found Poem 6 2/5/2006
1056. 0068 The Connoisseur (2) 1/11/2006
1057. 0215 Name The Devil And... 12/29/2005
1058. 0244the Soul's Mirror 4/17/2005
1059. 0173 Memory's Fast Rewind 11/19/2005
1060. 0381 Spider On The Web 6/18/2005
1061. 0052 Herrick On His Julia's Clothes 10/13/2005
1062. 0432 Zen In The Art Of... 1/28/2005
1063. Spider On The Hedge 9/24/2004
1064. Words Worth 10/17/2004
1065. 0335 Indian File 9/21/2004
1066. 0249 To Enjoy. 4/9/2005
1067. ! She And She 2/18/2007
1068. ! T H E R E M E M B R A N C E R S 2/15/2007
1069. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 50 - One Thing 5/20/2007
1070. ! That Bit Of Pinky Stuff On The Carpet 8/23/2007
1071. ! ! And For No Reason 7/29/2008
1072. ! ! Zen And The Art Of Plastic Flower Maintenance 2/24/2008
1073. ! The Equation Einstein Couldn'T Solve 12/28/2008
1074. ! ! An Aside On The Vedanta Paribhasha Of Dharmaraja Adhvarindra 6/11/2009
1075. ! ! Riddle Rap 7/29/2009
1076. 0025 Between (2) 8/7/2005
1077. To Hn: A Nonsense Rhyme For A Troublous Time 5/1/2006
1078. ! L O N E L Y 1/16/2007
1079. Slither 8/10/2005
1080. 0307 Dylan (3) 11/22/2005

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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