Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

1201. 0096 The Two-Left-Feet Waltz - For Jerry 2/6/2006
1202. 0293 Black, White, Gray, Color 2/24/2006
1203. 0252 To My Elder Brothers 9/17/2005
1204. Self-Respect - To The Troubled 2/9/2006
1205. 0142 Buttering Bread 5/14/2005
1206. 0396 The Almost Unknown Language 11/23/2005
1207. One For Andy 11/3/2005
1208. Thoughts On World Poetry 6/10/2005
1209. 0412 Their World 8/11/2005
1210. 0176 Letter To A Well-Known Contemporary Poet 4/3/2005
1211. 0012 The House Of Metaphor 6/29/2006
1212. First American Haiku 5/24/2005
1213. 0325 Hip Hippie Hooray 1/27/2005
1214. Website, Spider Style 9/21/2004
1215. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 24 4/27/2007
1216. ! Prufrock Agonistes 4/2/2007
1217. ! Haiku For Joyce 1/29/2005
1218. 0006 Saraswati 2/28/2006
1219. 0146 Contemplation's Metaphysical 11/5/2005
1220. ! God's Notebook 1: Material Under Declassification 9/18/2007
1221. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 27 4/28/2007
1222. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 26 4/28/2007
1223. ! ! The Wasted Landing - Thoughts From An Airport Strike 4/20/2005
1224. ! ! Kabir Reading 'Kabir' 7/27/2008
1225. ! ! A Sad Tale Of Consumerism 3/8/2008
1226. Freshen Up Your Love Poems 1/5/2005
1227. ! The Present Is A Present, So Be Present 8/1/2007
1228. ! Synecdoche 10/7/2007
1229. 0008 A Ghazal About Ghazals 11/22/2006
1230. 0007 I Thought Of Her 1/2/2007
1231. ! What A Wild Wind Today 1/18/2007
1232. 0006 Weasel Words 10/4/2006
1233. 0012 We'Re Sorry - All Our Lines To Poemhunter Are Busy... 10/26/2006
1234. 0243 The Second Coming 8/5/2005
1235. 0015 Mrs Wordsworth Joins Poemhunter 7/17/2006
1236. 0257 When The Heart Melts 1/9/2006
1237. Ignore The Ad Above This Poem 1/13/2006
1238. Misty Pings 4/25/2007
1239. Today A Windy Monday 3/29/2007
1240. ! Meeting Mister Blake The Poet In The Strand 12/19/2006

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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