Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

1281. That Poem 3/7/2006
1282. 0287 Ars Poetica 3/5/2006
1283. 0317 Fingertip To Fingertip, A Human Net 12/26/2004
1284. She Of The Heavenly Happiness 2/4/2005
1285. Unicorn 9 8/4/2005
1286. 0375 Season Of Mists And Merry Mythfulness 12/21/2005
1287. 0247 Tiptoeing Into Saywell Country 11/19/2005
1288. Haiku-Ish For Cm 3/23/2005
1289. 0199 Constantinople 10/7/2005
1290. 0371 Reading Behind The Lines 2/9/2005
1291. Snow 3/11/2005
1292. ! Miss Gertrude Stein Was As Light As A Bright 3/1/2007
1293. 0022 November 11/2/2006
1294. ! ! A Thief In One's Own House 9/22/2009
1295. 0416 To A Prolix Poet 2/13/2005
1296. 0006 The Constant Heart 6/6/2006
1297. 0009 A Palinode 11/11/2006
1298. 0260 You Couldn'T Make It Up If You Tried.. 8/30/2005
1299. ! A Metaphor In Search Of A Poem Perhaps 5/20/2007
1300. ! The Guna Show 6/11/2007
1301. 0012 Ego Takes The Stage 10/24/2006
1302. 0007: 2007 - Year Of Revolting Poets 12/31/2006
1303. 0145 Chinese Landscape 9/25/2005
1304. ! On The Break-Up Of Two E-Poets 1/28/2005
1305. 0106 Winter Sunlight In China 2/22/2006
1306. Saint Valentine Defines Tough Love 2/2/2006
1307. ! Has Music Gone From Poetry? 12/11/2007
1308. 0032from Shankara On The Chandogya Upanishad 8.1.1 10/20/2005
1309. Thought For Today 4/17/2005
1310. ! ! Afghanistan 12/4/2009
1311. Unicorn 8 8/1/2005
1312. ! The Loved Stranger 3/20/2005
1313. Heavenly Fathers' Day Forever 12/1/2005
1314. 0204 Every Dog Will Have His Night 4/14/2005
1315. Whodunnit? 10/13/2004
1316. 0081 The Metaphysical Path Of Love 10/4/2005
1317. ! Silent About That Night 11/9/2004
1318. For Advent: A Business Trip 11/29/2004
1319. 0098 New Term At Evening Class 9/1/2005
1320. 0399 The Eye Of I 4/6/2005

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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