Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

1521. Politically Incorrect Poem 6, Or, Jolie Jolie Wedding Vows Updated 8/23/2005
1522. In Reply To Your Irate Comment... 2/15/2005
1523. 0260 You Couldn'T Make It Up If You Tried.. 8/30/2005
1524. ! On His Deafness 1/21/2005
1525. In Praise Of Poetry... 2/2/2005
1526. ! Hello Ok Goodbye 2/11/2005
1527. 0330 How Christianity Came To Britain 5/25/2005
1528. ! A Poem For Samuel 1/28/2005
1529. Freedom's In The Air 7/20/2006
1530. 0111 Visitor's Card 6/29/2006
1531. Truth Is Stranger Than Friction 9/17/2006
1532. 0020 The Faithful Servant 10/14/2006
1533. 0009 A Palinode 11/11/2006
1534. 0008 A Ghazal About Ghazals 11/22/2006
1535. 0009 On Being Caned, Frequently 12/23/2006
1536. ! E N T H U S I A S M 3/7/2007
1537. ! In The Spirit Of Shabistari - 1 4/26/2007
1538. ! Benediction 4/3/2007
1539. 0050 Tears Stolen From Tara 9/9/2006
1540. ! A Little Bit Of Tolle In Sutra Mood... 8/21/2007
1541. ! Horse And Rider 8/28/2007
1542. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi: 55: Patience 9/9/2007
1543. ! F A T H E R 10/23/2007
1544. ! On Rilke's Birthday,2007 12/4/2007
1545. ! Angels 12/11/2007
1546. ! ! Rembrandt's Darkness, Rembrandt's Light 1/1/2008
1547. ! ! A Thanks For Visiting 1/30/2008
1548. ! ! The Human Comedy 3/8/2008
1549. ! Holy Questions Not Wholly Answered 1/18/2008
1550. ! ! Kabir Reads 'Kabir' 7/14/2008
1551. ! ! This Peach My Teacher 8/1/2008
1552. ! ! An Islamic Poem For The 'Art In Action' Festival 7/16/2008
1553. ! ! Dem Postal Non-Delivery Blue-Hoos.. 2/24/2008
1554. ! ! Horses For Courses 6/6/2008
1555. ! In The Steps Of Rumi 81: Grace 11/17/2007
1556. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi: 74: Bliss 10/6/2007
1557. ! The Ripe Pear 11/4/2007
1558. ! Metamorphosis 7/13/2007
1559. ! Poem For David 3/16/2007
1560. ! The Afterlife Of Death 1/25/2007

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...

Jewish Haiku

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

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