Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

1121. 0007 Holding The World 12/6/2006
1122. ! The Dark Night Of The Soul 2 11/17/2007
1123. ! God Is In The Banana Skin... 12/23/2007
1124. Hesiod Reads Homer On Poemhunter 12/30/2006
1125. 0024 Horses In A Field 9/13/2006
1126. Pushing Up The Daisies 9/21/2004
1127. ! ! Premadarshana, Or, A Short Course In Love 5/16/2009
1128. ! ! Two Cows Deconstruct Derrida 9/3/2008
1129. ! A Buddhist Speaks: A Man Listens, Drinks 9/12/2007
1130. A Rose Is Only Until 5/20/2005
1131. 0285 A Pretty Kettle Of Wish 1/24/2006
1132. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 22 4/26/2007
1133. 0262 With A Hey And A Ho And An Oh What The Hell 1/9/2006
1134. 0147 Do Only Poets Know...? 9/21/2004
1135. ! The Poem Called 2/8/2007
1136. ! ! 'Woman -' 7/7/2009
1137. ! ! Your Self: From Plotinus' 'Enneads' 6.3 2/16/2009
1138. ! Some Other Poet, Some Other Poetry 2/27/2007
1139. ! The Secret, Treasured World Of Metaphor 8/14/2007
1140. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 65 - The Housefly 9/27/2007
1141. ! The Two On The Road 10/29/2007
1142. 0143 Coming To A Retirement Home Near You... 11/16/2005
1143. 0309 Eeyore's View Of The State Of The Nation 1/14/2006
1144. Found Poem 1: Julie Joins Poemhunter 6/29/2005
1145. Hermaphrodite 10/14/2005
1146. ! Angels 12/11/2007
1147. ! The Mind Revealed 3/1/2007
1148. ! Love's Light: The Philosopher At The Window 2/14/2005
1149. 0028 Emily Dickinson Considers Her Breasts 8/13/2005
1150. 0398 The Blackbird's Song 5/12/2005
1151. 0103 These Late Autumn Days 11/24/2005
1152. ! To My Valentine 2/14/2006
1153. 0007 Rilke On Solitude 9/14/2005
1154. 0029 Monte Carlo 8/23/2005
1155. Jogruffy 2/23/2005
1156. To Jrr Tolkien And Christopher 11/30/2004
1157. 0015 From The Koran, Sura 55: 5/9/2005
1158. Slugs And Snails And Homelovers' Tales 4/22/2005
1159. 0029 The Past Is Past - Then It Returns 11/24/2006
1160. 0017 And Where The Joy 11/10/2006

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

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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