Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

1641. ! Lyric 5: Staggered Assonance 2/25/2007
1642. ! Muslims And Christians 10/13/2007
1643. ! Charity, Caring, Loving-Kindness 11/15/2007
1644. ! ! To Elizabeth Bishop 2/12/2008
1645. February 21 - Whose Birthday Today? 2/21/2007
1646. 0108 Two Poems About War 6/13/2006
1647. ! ! With A Hey And A Ho And A Txtng To-And-Fro 6/27/2006
1648. ! Old Woman 8/1/2006
1649. ! Love's Young... 2/5/2005
1650. Diamonds Are From Forever 1/30/2006
1651. Relationships 8/25/2007
1652. Interfaith Debate 9/16/2006
1653. 0037 Ode To The Patience Of A Yawning Audience 6/10/2005
1654. ! ! A Fine Morning On The Ivory Coast 6/12/2009
1655. Pollution And Climate Change 7/6/2005
1656. ! An Angry Poem About Peace 3/16/2005
1657. 0003 Similes, Metaphors And Stuff (2) 12/10/2005
1658. ! ! Hardware Shop 8/17/2005
1659. ! A Tribute To President Bush From Europe 3/6/2005
1660. ! ! The Lake Of Metaphor 5/11/2007
1661. ! The Poems I Love 5/10/2007
1662. Sicker Soccer 11/7/2005
1663. ! Smile Enlargement! Free ****ing Offer! 12/19/2007
1664. ! Do Dolphins Leap Into Dolphin Heaven? 12/25/2007
1665. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi: 56: The Possibility Of Happiness 9/10/2007
1666. In The Spirit Of Rumi-40-The Nightingale And The Rose 5/6/2007
1667. ! God! You'Re Like, Sooo Banal... 12/9/2005
1668. ! ! Love's Grammar Book 2/20/2005
1669. ! ! The Young Poet 1/13/2010
1670. ! ! Miss Piggy Regrets.. 7/19/2009
1671. Trench Warfare Haiku 11/15/2005
1672. ! 'Great Write...' - Great Reader! 8/17/2006
1673. ! A Birthday Celebration 4/7/2005
1674. ! On A Wing And A Prayer 5/11/2007
1675. ! Old Age Remembered 3/26/2007
1676. ! The Last Shower 1/28/2007
1677. ! ? ! 'Please Read My Poems' 11/1/2009
1678. Pour Gonzille (From The French) 12/31/2005
1679. 0005 Totally Boring Poem 11/14/2005
1680. ! Rumi's Silence 12/10/2007

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)

    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

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...

Ratting On The Ratings

They've been at
my stats!

it's taken them weeks,
the stupid geeks

I've gone from nine or ten
back then

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