Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

1601. ! Smile Enlargement! Free ****ing Offer! 12/19/2007
1602. ! ! Where Do You Go, Girl? 3/9/2005
1603. 0148 Dear Jenny Joseph... 2/28/2005
1604. ! An Ancient Japanese Saying 2/18/2005
1605. ! ! Zimbabwe - An Echo 6/7/2005
1606. Temporarily Pissed-Off Poem 2/4/2006
1607. ! On His Deafness 1/21/2005
1608. ! The Professional Poet 12/26/2006
1609. ! Who Can Weigh Love? 6/14/2007
1610. Valedictory On A Failed Love-Affair 1/28/2005
1611. ! The Afterlife Of Death 1/25/2007
1612. 0007 African Child 7/2/2005
1613. 0126 A Longstanding Question 10/22/2005
1614. 0187: 1580 - Ish 3/29/2005
1615. ! ! Rilke In Rome 9/16/2005
1616. 0282 A Necessary Art 8/30/2005
1617. An Ecological Thought Eked Out 2/13/2005
1618. 0189 A Maybe Tribute To E E Cummings 3/30/2006
1619. 0243 The Sonnet 4/7/2005
1620. ! Oh To Be In England... 2/10/2005
1621. 0259 Who Am I Not? 7/21/2005
1622. ! A Question For Darwin 4/22/2005
1623. ! The Shining. For Tara. 8/2/2006
1624. 0005 Totally Boring Poem 11/14/2005
1625. 0005 Letter To A Younger Poet 9/22/2005
1626. ! ! The Poet's Significant Other - For Mary And Todd 11/3/2005
1627. ! Saint Nicholas Of Cusa On The Face Of God 3/28/2005
1628. ! Love's Perfection 3/22/2005
1629. ! Sports Day Lament. For Cj. 4/14/2005
1630. 0008 A Woman's World 12/16/2005
1631. ! Spring Afternoon 3/10/2007
1632. 0123 A Grave Judgment 2/20/2005
1633. ! To A Younger Poet 2/8/2005
1634. ! The Simple Person 1/5/2007
1635. ! Two-Dimensional Dream 4/21/2005
1636. Seeking Metaphor 4/25/2007
1637. ! Hello Ok Goodbye 2/11/2005
1638. ! S I N 10/25/2007
1639. ! On Not Quite Knowing Kathleen Raine 9/26/2004
1640. ! The Eye Of Beauty 4/22/2005

Comments about Michael Shepherd

  • dissatified exmember (2/10/2005 12:51:00 PM)

    Good Morning Michael
    I have just read your poem... a wish/the wish......for the 4th time and still can't get the title right. In my mind that means the poem had such an impact on me that I forgot to read the Title. Something I confess is a bad habit..
    I just LOVE that poem.

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  • kenneth william snow (2/10/2005 10:16:00 AM)


    Thanks for the encouraging words. I am not one to be easily discouraged. Take care!

  • 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...


  • 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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