Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

1401. ! To Li Po (Li Bai) And Uriah 11/6/2007
1402. ! A High Cue, Or Japanese Billiards 10/25/2007
1403. ! Abbot John Of Forde At Prayer 11/3/2007
1404. ! Love Said.. A Paraphrase Of A Study Group On Love 9/25/2007
1405. ! Welcome To My Casting Couch, But Read The Small Print First 9/15/2007
1406. ! She As Life Itself 8/16/2007
1407. ! Joy Enjoyed With Or Without Hope... 8/2/2007
1408. ! A Little Grammar Is Most Becoming, It Becomes A Man... 5/20/2007
1409. ! A Not-Quaiku 8/9/2007
1410. ! The Present Is A Present, So Be Present 8/1/2007
1411. ! Clichés I Have Loved 7/14/2007
1412. ! Who Can Weigh Love? 6/14/2007
1413. ! Soul's Soliloquy 6/15/2007
1414. ! An Exploration Of The Subtleties Of The English Language In Second Childhood 4/23/2007
1415. ! The Mind Revealed 3/1/2007
1416. ! Poem As Baby 2/26/2007
1417. ! U N I C O R N 1 5 2/11/2007
1418. ! A Thankyou To Margaret 2/12/2007
1419. ! Zeke Snirer, Poetry Critic 1/27/2007
1420. 0002 Lonely Dropped Me A Word 1/19/2007
1421. ! A Ring Of Bright Words Dancing 1/16/2007
1422. ! L O N E L Y 1/16/2007
1423. Hesiod Reads Homer On Poemhunter 12/30/2006
1424. 0022 Unsung Malady 11/16/2006
1425. 0013 And, Friend... 11/13/2006
1426. 0031 Miles Ahead 11/2/2006
1427. 0021 Santa Claus Franchises Inc: A Public Statement 11/11/2006
1428. 0016 Amphibrach 11/7/2006
1429. 0006 The Constant Heart 6/6/2006
1430. 0021 Poets' Tree 8/31/2006
1431. 0006 Prayer For The Condemned 8/20/2006
1432. ! ! Goodbye Routemaster 5/25/2006
1433. 0007 A Crocodile's Tears For Steve 9/6/2006
1434. 0024 Horses In A Field 9/13/2006
1435. ! This Rose. After The Sufi. 7/21/2006
1436. ! To, For, About, Because Of, Spike Milligan 7/30/2006
1437. 0216 Nobility, Humility 6/29/2006
1438. 0031 An Arab, A Christian, And A Jew... 7/27/2006
1439. 0201 Two Skins, One Thick, One Thin 5/7/2006
1440. 0028 Aw....Bless... 7/15/2006

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

! Metaphor

A pretty girl
is like a simile
and vice-a-versa
so I'd say
for like the sunlight it
delights our so prosaic day

and life is better for
a metaphor
when apposite
to what you write

the first I used
that made some sense
came out of childish

before I read
the word in prose
I thought that what
just goes and goes

was 'dire rear' -
not too bad
as an idea
for a nappy-happy lad?

Read the full of ! Metaphor

Jewish Haiku

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

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