Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

1361. Interfaith Debate 9/16/2006
1362. ! Poem For David 3/16/2007
1363. ! ! The Morning Scent Of Rosemary 1/13/2008
1364. ! The Poem That Got Away 12/15/2007
1365. ! ! The Lake Of Metaphor 5/11/2007
1366. 0235 The Close 5/5/2005
1367. ! Metamorphosis 7/13/2007
1368. ! Welcome To My Casting Couch, But Read The Small Print First 9/15/2007
1369. 0403 The Medium Is The Message 4/18/2005
1370. Loveknots 1/30/2005
1371. Things Encyclopaedias Don'T Tell You 2/10/2006
1372. 0263 Voyeur 3/14/2005
1373. 0359 One For The Inner Child 3/25/2005
1374. 0354 Not Quite War 5/19/2005
1375. Unicorn 12 9/7/2005
1376. ! What Is A Poem? (From The Chinese) 1/15/2007
1377. 0042 For Billy Collins 1/26/2006
1378. ! An Unofficial Report On Poemhunter 6/24/2007
1379. ! Gratitude Dawning 7/31/2007
1380. 0205 Front Porch Days 6/8/2005
1381. ! My Wake, My Funeral, My Celebration 4/2/2005
1382. 0084 The Quiet Room 5/19/2005
1383. 0194 A Boy's Vision 9/14/2005
1384. 0313 Every Poem's An Adventure 11/12/2005
1385. ! ! The English Teacher 5/2/2005
1386. ! Unbound Lyric, For Shirley Who Said So 4/23/2007
1387. ! The Kite The Wind Took As If A Poem 3/7/2007
1388. Relationships 8/25/2007
1389. Geoff Chaucer Reads Tom Eliot 9/18/2006
1390. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 67 - To Rumi 9/27/2007
1391. 0012 Bereavement 9/26/2005
1392. ! ! Pooh Bear Defines Haiku 2/22/2008
1393. In Reply To Your Irate Comment... 2/15/2005
1394. 0004 Car Boot Sales 9/27/2004
1395. ! Rumi's Silence 12/10/2007
1396. ! Zero Self-Esteem, Zero Self-Valuation 1/27/2007
1397. 0165 Ironing 3/7/2005
1398. 0164in Mind 7/24/2005
1399. Unicorn 3 7/27/2005
1400. 0361 Over My Dead Body.. 1/17/2006

Comments about Michael Shepherd

  • dissatified exmember (2/10/2005 12:51:00 PM)

    Good Morning Michael
    I have just read your poem... a wish/the wish......for the 4th time and still can't get the title right. In my mind that means the poem had such an impact on me that I forgot to read the Title. Something I confess is a bad habit..
    I just LOVE that poem.

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  • kenneth william snow (2/10/2005 10:16:00 AM)


    Thanks for the encouraging words. I am not one to be easily discouraged. Take care!

  • 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...


  • 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

Sonnet And Sonata

May sonnet ever match sonata form?
whose opening movement catches restless mind;
whose new and ever-fresh harmonious sound
puts spark in eye and ear, and feet on ground;

then, slower movement, drawing us to still peace,
takes mind within to where all movements cease;
murmuring all that inner nature knows,
restoring to our self its true repose.

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