Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

1601. ! ! Donald Rumsfeld Meets William Wordsworth 3/18/2006
1602. 0004 The World Has Lost The Ear For Rhyme 8/2/2005
1603. 0031 Dawn In Bethlehem On The Morning Of Christ's Nativity 12/25/2005
1604. History Teaches Us... 7/14/2005
1605. ! From Kahlil Gibran On Friendship 2/24/2005
1606. Politically Incorrect Feminist Poem 1 7/28/2005
1607. Love Me... Who? 4/19/2005
1608. 0244 Trying To Write A Sonnet 8/7/2005
1609. Valedictory On A Failed Love-Affair 1/28/2005
1610. You Can Read Me Like A Book 9/24/2006
1611. ! To A God-Daughter On Her Sad Poem 1/31/2007
1612. ! A Metaphor In Search Of A Poem Perhaps 5/20/2007
1613. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 67 - To Rumi 9/27/2007
1614. ! A Joyful Death In Life 8/4/2007
1615. ! ! Peak District 2/22/2008
1616. ! ! God's Two-Ness 7/13/2008
1617. ! Synecdoche 10/7/2007
1618. ! Armenian Americans - American Armenians 10/11/2007
1619. ! Imagine Angels 7/14/2007
1620. ! A Poet 10/8/2006
1621. Langston Hughes 12/25/2006
1622. 0078 Thanksgiving Day 11/24/2005
1623. ! Oh To Be In England... 2/10/2005
1624. 0228 Streetwise 3/11/2005
1625. ! Love And Friendship 4/12/2005
1626. ! Haiku For Joyce 1/29/2005
1627. 0189 A Maybe Tribute To E E Cummings 3/30/2006
1628. ! ! As Parents To Our Parents 5/16/2005
1629. 0410 The Runner 1/17/2006
1630. ! ! S I M I L E 6/13/2009
1631. ! ! Easter Saturday 4/11/2009
1632. ! ! East Meets West Where Wisdom Rests 3/23/2009
1633. Fundamental Reggae 3/15/2005
1634. 0037 To, For, Sheila W. 8/11/2006
1635. 0032from Shankara On The Chandogya Upanishad 8.1.1 10/20/2005
1636. An Ecological Thought Eked Out 2/13/2005
1637. ! Mind Games 5/1/2005
1638. ! Pooh Bear Learns About Enjambment 10/5/2005
1639. ! The Simple Person 1/5/2007
1640. ! Spring Afternoon 3/10/2007

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)

    Michael,
    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...

    regards,

    Darrell

  • David Keig (10/17/2004 7:51:00 PM)

    michael

    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

    david

  • 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,
    CJ

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...

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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