Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

1361. ! ! Spring Cleaning 1/21/2010
1362. ! ! Delphi, C.430 Bce 7/21/2009
1363. Freshen Up Your Love Poems 1/5/2005
1364. ! ! Everyone A Prince Growing Toward A King 11/19/2009
1365. ! ! A Business Trip. Sonnet For Epiphany. 12/31/2009
1366. Lights! Camera! ....Action! ... 8/12/2009
1367. ! ! In Golden Gate Park. For Jim And Thanks To Lawrence 7/18/2009
1368. ! ! Enthusiasm's Promise 7/9/2009
1369. ! ! In Praise Of Praise 7/4/2009
1370. ! ! Celebrating Philip Larkin 6/7/2009
1371. ! ! Who? From 'Ellam Ondre' 5/19/2009
1372. ! ! The Moral Rights 4/4/2009
1373. ! ! To A New-Born Poem 4/25/2009
1374. ! ! Premadarshana, Or, A Short Course In Love 5/16/2009
1375. ! ! A Postmodern Explanation Of Poetry: For Mike Who Asked 1/8/2009
1376. ! A Robert Hass Prose-Poem Impertinently Versified 12/28/2008
1377. ! ! Selfe's Grammar: A Sonnet In The Style Of George Herbert 12/2/2008
1378. ! ! 4 Am,11 November 1918 11/9/2008
1379. ! ! A Poetic Grammar In Three Persons 11/1/2008
1380. ! ! A Chinese Takeaway - For David With Thanks 11/6/2008
1381. ! ! To Ibn Al-Arabi, Sufi 10/28/2008
1382. ! ! Harvest Festival 10/12/2008
1383. ! ! The Salesman 7/21/2008
1384. ! ! Light Everywhere. 7/23/2008
1385. ! ! Mintbright Coinwords 9/30/2008
1386. ! ! John Donne Remembers Saint Augustine 3/11/2008
1387. ! ! A Sad Tale Of Consumerism 3/8/2008
1388. ! ! A Metaphysical Prayer 2/17/2008
1389. ! ! Loving Life To The Death: Robert Capa 2/8/2008
1390. ! ! A Rich Interior Life With Style 2/4/2008
1391. ! ! Three Of My Friends 1/17/2008
1392. ! They Also Loved 12/31/2007
1393. On The Dawn Of Christ's Nativity [sonnet] 12/25/2007
1394. ! God Is In The Banana Skin... 12/23/2007
1395. ! O L D F A R T H O O D 12/29/2007
1396. ! Christmas Butterfly 12/30/2007
1397. ! Hypersyllabic Lyric With Catalexis (For Mary Oliver) 12/13/2007
1398. ! To Li Po (Li Bai) And Uriah 11/6/2007
1399. ! A High Cue, Or Japanese Billiards 10/25/2007
1400. ! Abbot John Of Forde At Prayer 11/3/2007

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...

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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