Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

1441. A (P) Lea To (P) Oemhunter 6/8/2005
1442. ! Poem Without A First Line 1/9/2007
1443. ! This Poem.. 9/10/2006
1444. ! Wisely Love The Wise 12/22/2006
1445. Guantanamo 3/1/2005
1446. ! Haiku - To A Poet 9/23/2004
1447. 0106 To Rilke From Poemhunters 9/17/2005
1448. 0420 Trust Nature 3/24/2005
1449. 0177 Merde! 7/29/2005
1450. 0097 The Vintage Of A Lifetime 2/8/2005
1451. That Damn Cupid 3/23/2005
1452. 0302 Design For Living 3/16/2005
1453. Eco-Logical 4/13/2005
1454. Whingeing In The Wind 9/21/2004
1455. 0175 Love's Butterfly 6/28/2005
1456. ! They Also Loved 12/31/2007
1457. ! Some Poems Have A Vast Interior 9/22/2007
1458. ! The Soundtrack To Our Life 4/9/2005
1459. 0031 Dawn In Bethlehem On The Morning Of Christ's Nativity 12/25/2005
1460. 0045 In Honour Of Ahmad Shamlu, Poet, Teacher 12/12/2005
1461. Cn U Rd Ths? Its Nt Gd Nws... 11/30/2005
1462. 0006 Prayer For The Condemned 8/20/2006
1463. 'Me And Teddy Bears - The Truth' (Exclusive) 11/19/2005
1464. ! ! Gertrude Stein Is Interviewed On American Poetry 10/31/2005
1465. 0009 Persian Vase, Persian Thoughts 7/22/2006
1466. 0110 Visiting Billy Collins 1/16/2006
1467. 0357 On Not Thinking About People You Thought You Loved 10/26/2005
1468. 0184 Poetry's Triumph 4/29/2005
1469. 0167 Just Beyond The Angel's Reach 8/3/2005
1470. ! ! Stevie Smith Reading Her Poems 5/22/2005
1471. ! Something For The Weekend? (2) 3/19/2005
1472. ! Pooh Bear And Cr Discuss Truth 12/31/2007
1473. ! An Exploration Of The Subtleties Of The English Language In Second Childhood 4/23/2007
1474. ! The Woman At The Crossroad Who Laughed 3/7/2007
1475. 0188 A Marvel To His Coy Mistress 10/12/2005
1476. 0275 Reflection Of An Aged Poet 8/27/2005
1477. 0354 Ode To Powdered Coffee 2/4/2005
1478. 0372 Reflection On A Garden Pond 3/30/2005
1479. Medieval English Cathedral 4/16/2005
1480. News Headline Found Haiku 11/10/2005

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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