Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

1561. ! Anna - The Story Of A Love 3/25/2005
1562. 0004 The World Has Lost The Ear For Rhyme 8/2/2005
1563. 0228 Streetwise 3/11/2005
1564. ! Three Persons And A Dog And Loyalty 10/30/2005
1565. ! Where Sexy Meets Demure In A Place Called Trim 7/25/2007
1566. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 23 4/26/2007
1567. Unicorn 1 7/25/2005
1568. ! The Poems I Love 5/10/2007
1569. 0376 Self-Search 4/10/2005
1570. Fundamental Reggae 3/15/2005
1571. ! ! Machiavelli's Advice To Princes 3/9/2005
1572. ! 'Poetry Means...Uh...' 3/2/2005
1573. 0377 Should Be, But 5/6/2005
1574. ! To A Great Lady 6/4/2005
1575. 0018 Man Raking Leaves (Re Jim Morrison Lyric) 5/8/2005
1576. Diamonds Are From Forever 1/30/2006
1577. 0208 If Poets Had A Tail To Wag 2/3/2005
1578. ! Monty Python Does Poetry Criticism 2/17/2007
1579. ! What We See As... 3/18/2007
1580. Sicker Soccer 11/7/2005
1581. ! No Comment 3/12/2005
1582. 0131 A Sufi-Ish Reflection 2/11/2006
1583. ! The Lovebirds 2/4/2005
1584. Apollo Is Alive And Well And Living In Suburbia... 8/19/2007
1585. ! The Stone And I 7/18/2007
1586. ! On Not Sending Christmas Cards 12/19/2007
1587. ! The Ultimate Teenage Love Poem 10/12/2004
1588. ! I Have A Fear - I May Be Wrong. 5/9/2005
1589. ! ! After Poetry-Reading (With Apologies To Robert Frost) 3/19/2009
1590. ! What The ****? ! 4/15/2005
1591. 0046 Jewel Of Blood 2/2/2005
1592. 0179 My Parents 1/16/2006
1593. 0127 A Poem About Gertrude Stein 8/28/2005
1594. ! Backward Boys 3/20/2005
1595. ! Pooh Bear Learns About Enjambment 10/5/2005
1596. ! ' Sorry, But What You Write Isn'T Poetry...' 5/10/2007
1597. A Philosopher's Love Poem 12/28/2005
1598. ! Smile Enlargement! Free ****ing Offer! 12/19/2007
1599. 0148 Dear Jenny Joseph... 2/28/2005
1600. ! An Ancient Japanese Saying 2/18/2005

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

Sonnet And Sonata

May sonnet ever match sonata form?
whose opening movement catches restless mind;
whose new and ever-fresh harmonious sound
puts spark in eye and ear, and feet on ground;

then, slower movement, drawing us to still peace,
takes mind within to where all movements cease;
murmuring all that inner nature knows,
restoring to our self its true repose.

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