Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

201. 0092 The Signs Of Love 3/15/2005
202. 0222 Return To The Golden Age 5/11/2005
203. 0365 Poets And One World 5/12/2005
204. 0240 The Poet And The Tree 6/30/2005
205. Hair Raising 5/12/2005
206. 0170 Love 10/17/2004
207. ! Haiku - To A Poet 9/23/2004
208. From Sengtzan (Died 606 Ad/Ce) , The Third Patriarch Of Zen 9/21/2004
209. 0147 Do Only Poets Know...? 9/21/2004
210. 0232 That Spider 9/26/2004
211. 0161 Heaven: Thoughts From 1350 Ad/Ce 4/1/2005
212. Dear John - Haiku 4/2/2005
213. In Answer To Your E-Mail... 7/15/2005
214. To An Almost Unknown Poet As Of Now 7/18/2005
215. ! Backward Boys 3/20/2005
216. ! Cat Skills 3/22/2005
217. 0214 Me And Lazarus 3/27/2005
218. ! Saint Nicholas Of Cusa On The Face Of God 3/28/2005
219. 0007 African Child 7/2/2005
220. Sporty Thoughts On Wimbledon 7/2/2005
221. 0192 Abundance 9/23/2005
222. For Advent: A Business Trip 11/29/2004
223. To Jrr Tolkien And Christopher 11/30/2004
224. 0052 Inglish Fore Forriners 2/23/2005
225. Jogruffy 2/23/2005
226. ! Anna - The Story Of A Love 3/25/2005
227. Haiku For Poets 3/26/2005
228. 0367 Portrait Of The Poet As Sea-Monster 3/26/2005
229. That Damn Cupid 3/23/2005
230. Haiku-Ish For Cm 3/23/2005
231. 0354 Not Quite War 5/19/2005
232. 0417 To A Small-Part Actress In The Drama Of My Life 5/20/2005
233. A Rose Is Only Until 5/20/2005
234. 0428 What Is A Poem? 3/16/2005
235. 0302 Design For Living 3/16/2005
236. ! Homage To A Not Unknown Poet 3/18/2005
237. Good Friday 3/25/2005
238. 0359 One For The Inner Child 3/25/2005
239. ! A Girdle Round The Earth - I Fly, Master! 2/1/2005
240. Found Poem 1: Julie Joins Poemhunter 6/29/2005

Comments about Michael Shepherd

  • 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.

  • Sandra Osborne (3/12/2005 11:42:00 PM)

    from Paul....

    Paul England (3/12/2005 1: 08: 00 AM)
    Yes you think i'm angry no i just smile
    and i live in the real world and to call me sick is
    sad you people talked ill about my dead brother
    and i fight like a mad man you asked for it
    don't sit moaning now and if micheal speaks
    that way about me behind my back then he is
    not the man i thought he was

  • Christian Eliab Ratnam (3/7/2005 9:35:00 PM)

    The poem ' A grief ago' was a beautiful piece of work. I would want to ponder on it a little more. GREAT WORK! ! !

  • kenneth william snow (3/7/2005 11:38:00 AM)

    I've just been perusing your poetry and I am greatly impressed. I need to set some time aside to properly absorb your witty offerings. I look forward to spending some quality time with your words and your wisdom.


  • Michael Tonkin (2/23/2005 4:09:00 AM)

    Thank you for your words of encouragement. Yes, I remember Heath Robinson very well, I think his drawings were made by a genius, if he was not a genius he was very close to it. I have thought along the same lines as you, a series of ropes and pulleys and a kiss on my...................Oh heavenly.

  • Michael Tonkin (2/20/2005 5:46:00 AM)

    Thank you for your comments Michael, and hilarously serious is about right I think.
    Getting married when I did was such a mistake that all I can do is laugh now, although at the time it seemed, not logical but sort of sensible. Oh heck, it happened and I still can't tell you why. What a farce.

  • 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.

  • 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...


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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