Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

1441. ! Haiku - To A Poet 9/23/2004
1442. Guantanamo 3/1/2005
1443. 0106 To Rilke From Poemhunters 9/17/2005
1444. 0177 Merde! 7/29/2005
1445. 0097 The Vintage Of A Lifetime 2/8/2005
1446. That Damn Cupid 3/23/2005
1447. 0302 Design For Living 3/16/2005
1448. Eco-Logical 4/13/2005
1449. Whingeing In The Wind 9/21/2004
1450. 0175 Love's Butterfly 6/28/2005
1451. ! They Also Loved 12/31/2007
1452. ! Some Poems Have A Vast Interior 9/22/2007
1453. ! The Soundtrack To Our Life 4/9/2005
1454. 0031 Dawn In Bethlehem On The Morning Of Christ's Nativity 12/25/2005
1455. 0045 In Honour Of Ahmad Shamlu, Poet, Teacher 12/12/2005
1456. Christmas - A Despatch From The Battlefield Of The Heart 12/13/2005
1457. Cn U Rd Ths? Its Nt Gd Nws... 11/30/2005
1458. 0006 Prayer For The Condemned 8/20/2006
1459. ! ! Gertrude Stein Is Interviewed On American Poetry 10/31/2005
1460. 0009 Persian Vase, Persian Thoughts 7/22/2006
1461. 0110 Visiting Billy Collins 1/16/2006
1462. 0357 On Not Thinking About People You Thought You Loved 10/26/2005
1463. 0184 Poetry's Triumph 4/29/2005
1464. 0167 Just Beyond The Angel's Reach 8/3/2005
1465. ! ! Stevie Smith Reading Her Poems 5/22/2005
1466. ! Something For The Weekend? (2) 3/19/2005
1467. ! Pooh Bear And Cr Discuss Truth 12/31/2007
1468. ! An Exploration Of The Subtleties Of The English Language In Second Childhood 4/23/2007
1469. ! The Woman At The Crossroad Who Laughed 3/7/2007
1470. 0188 A Marvel To His Coy Mistress 10/12/2005
1471. 0275 Reflection Of An Aged Poet 8/27/2005
1472. 0354 Ode To Powdered Coffee 2/4/2005
1473. 0372 Reflection On A Garden Pond 3/30/2005
1474. News Headline Found Haiku 11/10/2005
1475. 0007 A Crocodile's Tears For Steve 9/6/2006
1476. ! Unmethodical Discourse At A Café Table 8/30/2007
1477. ! The Un-Ked 12/16/2007
1478. Pour Gonzille (From The French) 12/31/2005
1479. Sicker Soccer 11/7/2005
1480. History Teaches Us... 7/14/2005

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

0030 Breasts

I’ve only got to say the word…and
I can hear the male murmur murmur right now
mixed with a hurhur hurhur as of naughty boys…
suddenly lips and fingers have their vivid, hungry memories…
while ladies have their own reactions
not unaware of the murmur hurhur and the fact
that some men think they own these, ungifted, as of right…

and some of us, perforce, have memories as intimate,

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