Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

1681. ! Love's Young... 2/5/2005
1682. ! Travelling With Robert Frost 2/18/2007
1683. ! 'Great Write...' - Great Reader! 8/17/2006
1684. ! A Spiral Scratched Into An Ancient Irish Gravestone 2/3/2007
1685. ! A Poem For Samuel 1/28/2005
1686. ! Daughter 10/27/2006
1687. ! An Offering Of Bliss To You 2/17/2005
1688. ! A Platonic Reminiscence Of A Great Lady 2/12/2006
1689. ! A Poet 10/8/2006
1690. ! An Angry Poem About Peace 3/16/2005
1691. ! ! Love's Grammar Book 2/20/2005
1692. ! Baby Love, Maybe Love 1/12/2006
1693. ! A Wish 1/29/2005
1694. ! Metaphor 6/7/2005
1695. ! A Grief Ago 3/4/2005
1696. Love Love Love 9/29/2004

Comments about Michael Shepherd

  • 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,

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  • 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.

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  • 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!


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  • 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!)

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.


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  • Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (4/29/2005 2:40:00 PM)

    Michael Shepherd is an excellent poet and an even better friend. he has great taste in beer, too!


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  • Michael Shepherd (4/8/2005 4:32:00 AM)

    He Ru, groet! Wilkomen op poemhunter... en bedankt voor gefeliciteerd met mijn verjaardag! Tot ziens... veel liefs, Michael

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  • Michael Gessner (3/19/2005 2:14:00 PM)

    'A Novel Situation' is as finely spun as it gets; the language becomes the thing itself. I was switched into the scene with the exchange of the two figures in Sz.
    1, and thereafter the journey was irrevocably the reader's own. It's rare when a poem becomes the thing itself. The piece is a fascination.

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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

0197 Being In Mind

Poets seek in poems, a truth that's yet to be:
to catch those glories half-formed in the mind,
those tantalising visions which we see
for fleeting seconds; fear may never find

again; yet leave a presence in the air,
the evanescent substance of a dream,
like half-remembered, half-forgotten care,
but known to be more real than they seem;

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