Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

1241. ! Not Quite Myself 4/20/2007
1242. ! Pooh Bear And The Alarming Rumour 12/26/2005
1243. 0129 A Sketch Of The Poet At Work (Wcw) 12/29/2005
1244. Unicorn 7 7/31/2005
1245. 0099 The Reading 12/27/2004
1246. ! Dumped 1/23/2005
1247. Unicorn 6 7/30/2005
1248. 0412 The Wind And The Tree 9/3/2005
1249. 0052 Inglish Fore Forriners 2/23/2005
1250. Dear John - Haiku 4/2/2005
1251. 0367 Portrait Of The Poet As Sea-Monster 3/26/2005
1252. Good Friday 3/25/2005
1253. ! Senility - Now, Where Did I Leave That? ... 9/16/2007
1254. 0036 National Gallery 8/15/2005
1255. ! ! Sounds In Mind 3/31/2008
1256. ! ! Rembrandt's Darkness, Rembrandt's Light 1/1/2008
1257. ! ! Rumi's Never Far Away 7/19/2009
1258. ! Words Mean - What They Do 9/22/2007
1259. ! The Library Of Memory 2/9/2007
1260. ! Zeke Snirer, Poetry Critic 1/27/2007
1261. 0021 Poets' Tree 8/31/2006
1262. 0289 Bacchus, God Of Poetry And Wine 4/17/2005
1263. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 25 4/28/2007
1264. ! ! John Donne Remembers Saint Augustine 3/11/2008
1265. ! ! Be Clay 7/17/2008
1266. ! ! The Stature Of Truth 6/1/2009
1267. ! Singing The Silences 12/17/2007
1268. ! The New-Born Poem 10/4/2007
1269. ! Tony Hoagland 6/4/2007
1270. 0195 Autumn Gardener 2/16/2006
1271. The Sadness Of This Afternoon 9/26/2005
1272. Found Poem 2 7/2/2005
1273. ! On A Wing And A Prayer 5/11/2007
1274. ! Another Rant And A Wicked Suggestion 4/26/2007
1275. ! Autumn In The Northerm Hemisphere, Spring In The South.. 11/24/2007
1276. 0199 Constantinople 10/7/2005
1277. 0371 Reading Behind The Lines 2/9/2005
1278. Haiku-Ish For Cm 3/23/2005
1279. Snow 3/11/2005
1280. 0258 While The Enamel Holds 11/25/2005

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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