Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

1241. Elegy On A Marriage 4/28/2006
1242. 0223s O M M E + 9 0 7/1/2006
1243. 0140 André Agassi 7/1/2006
1244. U N I C O R N 1 5 7/5/2006
1245. 0031 Ted And Sylvia Meet The Marriage Counsellor 7/19/2006
1246. Poem For Tara, By Request 7/21/2006
1247. 0009 Persian Vase, Persian Thoughts 7/22/2006
1248. Am I A Poet? 7/23/2006
1249. The Honest Man 7/24/2006
1250. 0323 God Removes In Mysteriousways 5/8/2006
1251. 0156 Edward Estlin Coming(S) Back 5/8/2006
1252. 0012 Summer E E Cummings In 5/9/2006
1253. 0210 In A Japanese Garden 5/20/2006
1254. Filmscript For A Lonely Afternoon 5/20/2006
1255. 0160 Happy Poem For Danny 5/23/2006
1256. A Comment On The Ethics Of Millionaire Footballers 6/23/2006
1257. 0131 A Quiet Word About Peace 6/27/2006
1258. John Betjeman, Poet 8/14/2006
1259. 0044 Liste Ye Thertyl Allé Thynge Ye Speke 8/22/2006
1260. Geoff Chaucer Reads Tom Eliot 9/18/2006
1261. Worldwide Web Of Mind 9/21/2006
1262. 0013 A New Poetic Language 9/24/2006
1263. 0003 Reborn Metaphor 10/6/2006
1264. 0016 Immortalised - A Not Quaiku 10/6/2006
1265. 0011 Chet Baker Sings And Plays: A Homage 10/16/2006
1266. Philosophy 10/17/2006
1267. 0017 Suppose It Said.. 10/24/2006
1268. B L U E S 10/30/2006
1269. 0022 November 11/2/2006
1270. The Pain Of Not Being You 11/8/2006
1271. 0012 Basho On Robert Frost 11/11/2006
1272. Like That 11/26/2006
1273. 0015 'Infectious Holiness'.. 12/6/2006
1274. ! Meeting Mister Blake The Poet In The Strand 12/19/2006
1275. ! Mortal Thoughts In Advancing Age 1/13/2007
1276. ! A Quiet Word To Poetry Teachers 2/18/2007
1277. A Quiet Rap For Poetry Teachers 3/1/2007
1278. ! Miss Gertrude Stein Was As Light As A Bright 3/1/2007
1279. Through A Glass Darkly 3/10/2007
1280. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 14 3/19/2007

Comments about Michael Shepherd

  • 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.?

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  • 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

Excuses, Excuses...

It's a situation
all too familiar:
sitting at this keyboard
getting sillier and sillier,
descending from Olympus
to a hell of trivia,
fingers wildly itching
for some inspiration,
tapping out some pointless words
in conceited desperation

so I hope you'll weakly smile
and charitably say
'oh it's just a poet who won't shut up
having a bad day'...

Read the full of Excuses, Excuses...

Jewish Haiku

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

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