Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

1361. Unicorn 11 9/5/2005
1362. Northern Haiku 4/8/2005
1363. Interfaith Debate 9/16/2006
1364. ! Poem For David 3/16/2007
1365. ! ! The Morning Scent Of Rosemary 1/13/2008
1366. ! The Poem That Got Away 12/15/2007
1367. ! ! The Lake Of Metaphor 5/11/2007
1368. 0235 The Close 5/5/2005
1369. ! Metamorphosis 7/13/2007
1370. ! Welcome To My Casting Couch, But Read The Small Print First 9/15/2007
1371. 0403 The Medium Is The Message 4/18/2005
1372. Loveknots 1/30/2005
1373. Things Encyclopaedias Don'T Tell You 2/10/2006
1374. 0263 Voyeur 3/14/2005
1375. 0359 One For The Inner Child 3/25/2005
1376. 0354 Not Quite War 5/19/2005
1377. Unicorn 12 9/7/2005
1378. ! What Is A Poem? (From The Chinese) 1/15/2007
1379. 0042 For Billy Collins 1/26/2006
1380. ! An Unofficial Report On Poemhunter 6/24/2007
1381. ! Gratitude Dawning 7/31/2007
1382. 0205 Front Porch Days 6/8/2005
1383. ! My Wake, My Funeral, My Celebration 4/2/2005
1384. 0084 The Quiet Room 5/19/2005
1385. 0194 A Boy's Vision 9/14/2005
1386. 0313 Every Poem's An Adventure 11/12/2005
1387. ! ! The English Teacher 5/2/2005
1388. ! Unbound Lyric, For Shirley Who Said So 4/23/2007
1389. ! The Kite The Wind Took As If A Poem 3/7/2007
1390. Relationships 8/25/2007
1391. Geoff Chaucer Reads Tom Eliot 9/18/2006
1392. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 67 - To Rumi 9/27/2007
1393. 0012 Bereavement 9/26/2005
1394. ! ! Pooh Bear Defines Haiku 2/22/2008
1395. In Reply To Your Irate Comment... 2/15/2005
1396. 0004 Car Boot Sales 9/27/2004
1397. ! Rumi's Silence 12/10/2007
1398. ! Zero Self-Esteem, Zero Self-Valuation 1/27/2007
1399. 0165 Ironing 3/7/2005
1400. 0164in Mind 7/24/2005

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

Jewish Haiku

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

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