Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

1121. 0305 Dylan (2) 11/22/2005
1122. 0108 Today I Read A Poem 6/18/2005
1123. 0419 Tribute To A Listening Man (George Steiner) 12/11/2005
1124. 0266 This One's Only For Those Who Like It 12/17/2005
1125. 0227 Soap Opera 1/30/2005
1126. ! ! Dem Postal Non-Delivery Blue-Hoos.. 2/24/2008
1127. ! Muslims And Christians 10/13/2007
1128. ! The Dark Night Of The Soul 2 11/17/2007
1129. 0007 Holding The World 12/6/2006
1130. 0331 How To Wait Doggedly 3/13/2006
1131. ! ! Quest And Question 2/20/2009
1132. Am I A Poet? 7/23/2006
1133. ! ! Premadarshana, Or, A Short Course In Love 5/16/2009
1134. Pushing Up The Daisies 9/21/2004
1135. Hesiod Reads Homer On Poemhunter 12/30/2006
1136. 0024 Horses In A Field 9/13/2006
1137. ! God Is In The Banana Skin... 12/23/2007
1138. A Rose Is Only Until 5/20/2005
1139. 0285 A Pretty Kettle Of Wish 1/24/2006
1140. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 22 4/26/2007
1141. 0262 With A Hey And A Ho And An Oh What The Hell 1/9/2006
1142. 0147 Do Only Poets Know...? 9/21/2004
1143. ! The Poem Called 2/8/2007
1144. ! Some Other Poet, Some Other Poetry 2/27/2007
1145. ! The Two On The Road 10/29/2007
1146. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 65 - The Housefly 9/27/2007
1147. ! The Secret, Treasured World Of Metaphor 8/14/2007
1148. 0143 Coming To A Retirement Home Near You... 11/16/2005
1149. 0309 Eeyore's View Of The State Of The Nation 1/14/2006
1150. Found Poem 1: Julie Joins Poemhunter 6/29/2005
1151. Hermaphrodite 10/14/2005
1152. ! ! Your Self: From Plotinus' 'Enneads' 6.3 2/16/2009
1153. ! Angels 12/11/2007
1154. ! The Mind Revealed 3/1/2007
1155. ! Love's Light: The Philosopher At The Window 2/14/2005
1156. 0028 Emily Dickinson Considers Her Breasts 8/13/2005
1157. 0398 The Blackbird's Song 5/12/2005
1158. 0103 These Late Autumn Days 11/24/2005
1159. ! To My Valentine 2/14/2006
1160. 0029 Monte Carlo 8/23/2005

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

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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