Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

161. ! ! Japanese Toilet Wall 2/22/2008
162. ! ! Duet For Heaven And Earth 2/22/2008
163. ! ! Open-Air Concert 2/22/2008
164. For An Unnamed Teacher 2/25/2008
165. ! ! A Comment On Contemporary Poetry 3/6/2008
166. ! ! The Caliph, The Craftsman And The Imam (An Ancient Tale Just Brought To Light) 3/6/2008
167. ! ! The Early Blackbird 3/7/2008
168. ! ! Whose Photos? 3/4/2008
169. ! ! Emily Dickinson Transcends 3/11/2008
170. ! ! Shaving Mirror Haiku 3/13/2008
171. ! ! To The Bible-Bashers I Just Turned Away 4/5/2008
172. ! ! The Hinterland 4/10/2008
173. ! ! Friends In Disguise - To Rilke 4/13/2008
174. To Be The Veda 6/5/2008
175. ! ! Universal Joke 7/13/2008
176. ! ! A Poem For Coleman Barks, Daniel Ladinsky And Robert Bly 7/16/2008
177. ! ! The Lotus In The Heart 7/27/2008
178. ! ! Taking Coffee 'With' Jean-Paul Sartre. 7/29/2008
179. ! ! The Fish And I Will Chat 8/1/2008
180. ! ! Diamond 8/3/2008
181. ! ! Unthinks-Balloon 8/5/2008
182. ! ! The Listening One 8/17/2008
183. My Olympics 8/19/2008
184. ! ! To Friedrich Holderlin, Poet 8/31/2008
185. ! ! Technology - A Thumbnail Tribute To Martin Heidegger 9/5/2008
186. ! ! Heidegger Questions A Japanese On Language 9/10/2008
187. ! ! A Cartesian Life Co-Odinated 9/13/2008
188. ! ! Heidegger Meets Shankara 10/25/2008
189. ! ! Is This Just To Say 10/25/2008
190. ! ! Business And Busyness 10/27/2008
191. ! ! Is 10/28/2008
192. ! ! The Five Of Pentecost - To Marsilio Ficino 11/1/2008
193. ! ! In The Beginning 11/2/2008
194. ! ! A Cummingsy Poemish In Praise Of A Poetry Seminar 11/3/2008
195. ! ! A Commonplace Day (After Thomas Hardy's Poem Of That Name) 11/9/2008
196. ! ! Studio Visit 11/14/2008
197. Poem For Godfrey 11/17/2008
198. ! ! Film Clip 11/19/2008
199. ! ! Birthright, Giftright 11/24/2008
200. ! ! To, For, Or Against An Irish Poet 11/29/2008

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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