Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

1521. ! To A God-Daughter On Her Sad Poem 1/31/2007
1522. ! An Old Armenian Limerick 2/12/2005
1523. ! ! A Thanks For Visiting 1/30/2008
1524. 0149 Donald Rumsfeld Meets Descartes 10/19/2005
1525. Zen Haiku 5/14/2005
1526. 0214 Me And Lazarus 3/27/2005
1527. Unicorn 4 7/28/2005
1528. ! ! Reaching For The Dictionary 2/7/2008
1529. 0155 Dreams, Dreams, Dreams... 11/5/2005
1530. ! 'We Read The World Wrong...'...Worse Than That... 9/6/2007
1531. ! A Word In Your Era 10/13/2004
1532. ! ! The Teacher 6/20/2006
1533. 0013 Aftermath: London, July 7,2005 7/7/2006
1534. 0194 At Last 1/14/2006
1535. Fourteen Lines 5/3/2005
1536. 0110 Visiting Billy Collins 1/16/2006
1537. 0334 In Vino Veritas, In Birra Bonitas: In Praise Of Grape And Hop 8/29/2005
1538. A Defense Of Bad Poetry 6/16/2005
1539. 0222 Return To The Golden Age 5/11/2005
1540. ! Washedaye's Metaphysikale. For Tara. 3/31/2007
1541. ! The Couple In The Evening Class 2/1/2007
1542. Mutant 6/23/2005
1543. 0030 Breasts 11/5/2005
1544. 0283 A Poet Condescends 1/15/2006
1545. 0284 A Poet To His Critic, Ok? 8/27/2005
1546. ! The Poem's Flight 1/15/2007
1547. ! Being Today 3/19/2005
1548. ! Tagore And The Cobra Of Illusion 9/7/2007
1549. Haiku For Mf 4/5/2005
1550. ! Childhood 1/29/2005
1551. ! The Guy Who Ones Us.. 5/24/2007
1552. 0106 To Rilke 9/18/2005
1553. ! Words Of Consolation On A Wet Day In The Lake District 4/20/2005
1554. ! Cat Skills 3/22/2005
1555. ! 'Tude Lyric 1/30/2007
1556. 0333 Hungry For Romance 3/29/2005
1557. 0407 The Past Was A Present Once 2/17/2005
1558. 0003 Similes, Metaphors And Stuff (2) 12/10/2005
1559. 0007 The Transcendent 3/30/2005
1560. Be My Space-Time Einstein Valentine 2/15/2005

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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