Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

201. ! ! Hope And Light, And Love 12/12/2008
202. ! ! Give Her One This Christmas 12/17/2008
203. ! ! Demonstration Haiku For Mike Who Asked 1/8/2009
204. ! ! Screensaver 1/13/2009
205. ! ! Platonic Theology 1/19/2009
206. ! ! A Compliment Reflected 2/2/2009
207. ! ! His Smile 2/3/2009
208. ! ! Screen Credits 2/12/2009
209. ! ! The Coincidence Of Contraries 2/15/2009
210. ! ! To Praise 2/21/2009
211. Plato's Cafe 2/23/2009
212. ! ! That Ugly Man.. 2/28/2009
213. ! ! She Thought Of Plum-Blossom; Touched The Strings 3/2/2009
214. ! ! Who Needs Speling Enyway 3/9/2009
215. ! ! The Guru Is Not Other: A Metaphysical Proposition 3/13/2009
216. ! ! All Things Bright And Evolutionful 3/17/2009
217. ! ! O Best Beloved 3/24/2009
218. ! ! Introduction To Advaita As Non-Duality 3/29/2009
219. ! ! Haiku-Ukiah For Sunday Morning 4/19/2009
220. ! ! Haiku-Ukiah 4/19/2009
221. ! ! Haiku-Ukiah: On A Beach In Japan 4/19/2009
222. ! ! Haiku-Ukiah: Night Rain In Kyoto 4/19/2009
223. ! ! A Conversation; Or, Dialectic 4/12/2009
224. ! ! Japa-Yajna 5/3/2009
225. ! ! Poem For John Around The Camp-Fire 5/5/2009
226. ! ! Poem For Mothers' Day 5/9/2009
227. ! ! The Good 5/11/2009
228. ! ! A Blank Page For The Self 5/12/2009
229. ! ! Self Liberation 5/21/2009
230. ! ! Philanderin' And Phillarkin': How To Be A Modern Poet We All Love 5/26/2009
231. ! ! ... Z E N T I P E D E... 5/31/2009
232. ! ! A Short One For Mary 6/2/2009
233. ! ! Making Breakfast - A Study In Consciousness 6/2/2009
234. ! ! One For Ramana 6/9/2009
235. ! ! A Brief Tribute To George Seferis, Poet 6/23/2009
236. ! ! The Day When 'They' Killed 'Them' 6/24/2009
237. ! ! Shakti 6/24/2009
238. ! ! Forgiveness 7/3/2009
239. Nude Erections In Contemporary Poetry 7/5/2009
240. ! ! Where Prayer Meets Praise 7/16/2009

Comments about Michael Shepherd

  • 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...

    Lare

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  • 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.?

  • 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

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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