Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

121. ! John Of Forde, His Exculpation 11/5/2007
122. ! D E A T H 11/8/2007
123. ! A Sufi Life 11/9/2007
124. ! ! Stillness: A Poem For The International Day Of Stillness, November 28 11/19/2007
125. ! In The Steps Of Rumi 82: Ignorance, Obstructions, Devils 11/20/2007
126. Several Oranges 11/20/2007
127. ! In The Steps Of Rumi 83: Watch And Pray.. 11/21/2007
128. ! In The Steps Of Rumi 84: Crucifixion 11/21/2007
129. ! In The Steps Of Rumi 85: War 11/21/2007
130. ! In The Steps Of Rumi: 86: Here, Maybe Now.. 11/22/2007
131. ! Leaf 11/24/2007
132. ! In The Steps Of Rumi 88: Metaphor 11/25/2007
133. ! Life Can Be So Surreal 11/25/2007
134. ! Lakshmi In Her Silken Veil 11/28/2007
135. ! In The Steps Of Rumi 87: A Windy Day 11/23/2007
136. ! A Lady Beyond Death 12/8/2007
137. ! Presence Of Mind 12/9/2007
138. ! In The Steps Of Rumi 86: The Mirror 12/10/2007
139. ! A Strange Glimpse Of Remembered Moments 12/12/2007
140. ! Solstice 12/13/2007
141. ! Moments Like Knife Cuts 12/18/2007
142. ! Alle Thyngen Af Thu Syngen 12/21/2007
143. ! ! The Dawn Of Christ's Nativity [sonnet] 12/25/2007
144. ! Love Is Difficult: Isaac Of Nineveh 12/29/2007
145. ! ! The Desert Fathers 1/6/2008
146. ! ! He Flew With Angels 1/9/2008
147. ! ! Not Averse To Poetry.. 1/16/2008
148. ! ! Translating Love 2/2/2008
149. ! ! Homoeoteleuton - For Danny 2/8/2008
150. ! ! Haiku For Myku 2/12/2008
151. ! ! Versus 2/12/2008
152. ! ! The Inner Magnet Sings Like Flower To Bee, Like Bee To Flower 2/15/2008
153. ! ! Haiku For A Globally Warmed Early Spring 2/16/2008
154. ! ! To A Japanese Poet 2/16/2008
155. ! ! Scrooge Does Valentine 2/13/2008
156. ! ! Execution Before Judgment 2/16/2008
157. ! ! A Kyoto Garden In Spring 2/16/2008
158. ! ! Science Rewarded 2/21/2008
159. ! ! To Buson 2/22/2008
160. ! ! Japanese Toilet Wall 2/22/2008

Comments about Michael Shepherd

  • Scarlett Treat (9/7/2006 7:36:00 PM)

    My nickname for this beloved friend is Grandfather Wisdom, GW for short. Michael is truly a man among men, with a deep technical knowledge of poetry, and with the heart to go along with that wisdom, and a wicked sense of humor.

    Knowledge, heart, humor - what more could a person ask for in a writer? Nothing but a man like Mike! !

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  • Jerry Hughes (8/4/2006 1:29:00 AM)

    When the Australia writer C J Dennis wrote 'The Sentimental Bloke' in the colloquial language of the 1930's, an expression used I dips me lid meant, I doff my cap/hat to someone I hugely respect. Michael Shepherd, I dips me lid.

  • Tara very irritated with PH injustice (7/19/2006 9:37:00 AM)

    Michael is the best of combinations - one found few and far between. A first class poet; someone who provokes thought (even when it is not wanted): and the most decent, humanly-minded, wordsmith of an individual; and on that note, 'individual' he is. Unique. I adore this man. You will too.

  • Daniela Haglund (7/11/2006 8:43:00 AM)

    Hello Michael,
    I have been reading your daily distributed poems. What a retreat! Thank you!
    I Like your honesty.
    Wishing that there are more people like you in this world giving to poetry the justice it deserves.
    My best to you,

  • Mike Finley (4/14/2006 7:49:00 AM)

    When i first visited Poemhunter, Michael was the first to greet me and make me feel at home. Since then I have found, in addition to encouragement for me personally, inspiration in his poems and engagement in his lively spirit.

  • Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (12/6/2005 4:58:00 PM)

    i'd stop reading your work if its sheer brilliance failed to piss me off and make me envious. go ahead, write another masterpiece and show me up. see if i care. you can even rub it in, too!


  • Max Reif (11/5/2005 10:35:00 AM)

    I'm astonished that I haven't posted a comment here before. How would this look on the dust-jacket of Michael's e-book here on PH: 'I could think of far worse ways to spend my time than reading the 414 (as of Nov, '05) poems in the 'complete PH works' of Michael Shepherd.' If Michael hadn't found Poemhunter, Poemhunter would have had to go out and get him. He makes it possible to at least sometimes bring at least a *veneer* of civilization to the Forum discussion group. Most days his warm, witty, and/or profound poems are some of the ones I read first.
    (AND, I know a poet here in America I think of as 'the American Michael Shepherd'-or alternately, M as 'the English Phil Phillips'. And I'm taking up a collection to get them together!)

  • Gol Mcadam (7/12/2005 4:31:00 AM)

    Michael, I have only just discovered this comments page! So, can I take the opportunity to tell you that I enjoy and admire your work and am particularly interested in the spiritual aspect of it. Can I also thank you for your encouraging and often amusing comments on my stuff. Regards, Gol

  • Andrew Konisberg (6/5/2005 4:27:00 PM)

    Michael, I can't believe I have never been on your comments page. I have read and enjoyed much of your work. You have often brought a modicum of decorum to the web-site. Yet, more importantly, you have offered some very laconic poetry and presented much food for thought. I like your style and salute your sonnets. You have also never failed to present yourself in a gentlemanly way, and are always there with words of encouragement (for even MY laughable attempts at writing a 'sonnet') . You are a paradigm of consistency and a bastion of erudition and good sense. Having said all that, can I loan some money?

    Best regards, A.K.47

  • Raynette Eitel (5/20/2005 5:55:00 PM)

    Michael Shepherd is a poet who has mastered the craft of poetry. He manages to blend reality and fantasy in a believable manner and shares his memories and emotions without becoming maudlin. We are blessed to have so many of his poems on this website.


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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