Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

1161. Jogruffy 2/23/2005
1162. To Jrr Tolkien And Christopher 11/30/2004
1163. 0015 From The Koran, Sura 55: 5/9/2005
1164. Slugs And Snails And Homelovers' Tales 4/22/2005
1165. 0029 The Past Is Past - Then It Returns 11/24/2006
1166. 0017 And Where The Joy 11/10/2006
1167. ! Remembering The Future 12/10/2007
1168. ! Saint Augustine Cries From His Heart 11/22/2007
1169. ! Teenager Seen From Above 8/14/2007
1170. ! We The Unforgiving 8/11/2007
1171. ! Ss For Ssnake 7/19/2007
1172. ! The Tricky Area Of Sacrilege 8/3/2007
1173. 0013 A New Poetic Language 9/24/2006
1174. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 5 3/22/2007
1175. 0430 Why War? 7/1/2005
1176. ! Armenian Americans - American Armenians 10/11/2007
1177. ! Haiku For David 10/10/2007
1178. ! The Toad Not Raken 3/25/2007
1179. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi 30 - Sufi Haiku 5/1/2007
1180. 0009 Cole Porter Hits The Chatsites 10/14/2006
1181. 0022 A Dickinsonian Ode To Hope 7/11/2006
1182. 0321 From A Drop, Of Gasolene 5/15/2006
1183. 0170 Love 10/17/2004
1184. I Wonder If I Have Ever Passed Graham Leese On The Street 7/25/2005
1185. ! How Long? 1/23/2005
1186. 0397 That, It Is 6/16/2006
1187. 0030 Your 'My Life' Exercise Book... 7/15/2006
1188. ! ! Dick Fozard's Wartime Navy Knife 11/10/2005
1189. 0415 Thunk 2/7/2005
1190. 0085... Ne'Er The Twain...? 9/4/2005
1191. ! ! The Taj Mahal Of The Still Mind 6/23/2008
1192. ! ! An Unprintable Reflection On The Current Diet Of Spam 3/5/2008
1193. ! ! Goodbye Routemaster 5/25/2006
1194. Buy Yours Now While Civilisation Lasts 12/15/2005
1195. 0193 American Poetry 2/20/2006
1196. ! Mary Mary Magdalene 4/6/2007
1197. B L U E S 10/30/2006
1198. 0096 The Two-Left-Feet Waltz - For Jerry 2/6/2006
1199. 0293 Black, White, Gray, Color 2/24/2006
1200. 0252 To My Elder Brothers 9/17/2005

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

Jewish Haiku

Four thousand years of Hebrew
and still no word for 'tact'.
So who needs it?

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