Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

281. ! A C*******s - Well, Ok, Seasonal - Plea.. 12/22/2007
282. ! ! The Dawn Of Christ's Nativity [sonnet] 12/25/2007
283. ! Moments Like Knife Cuts 12/18/2007
284. ! Love Is Difficult: Isaac Of Nineveh 12/29/2007
285. ! ! The Heart's Light 1/2/2008
286. ! ! The Desert Fathers 1/6/2008
287. ! ! He Flew With Angels 1/9/2008
288. ! ! On Not Writing A Poem 1/12/2008
289. ! ! Not Averse To Poetry.. 1/16/2008
290. ! ! The Guy In The Photograph 1/25/2008
291. ! ! On The Incredibly Subtle Art Of Walking 1/26/2008
292. ! ! To A Much Loved Poet 1/28/2008
293. ! ! Translating Love 2/2/2008
294. ! ! Two Paper-Thin Haikus 2/7/2008
295. ! ! Homoeoteleuton - For Danny 2/8/2008
296. ! ! A Measured Beauty: The Japanese Mind 2/9/2008
297. ! ! Haiku For Myku 2/12/2008
298. ! ! Versus 2/12/2008
299. ! ! The Inner Magnet Sings Like Flower To Bee, Like Bee To Flower 2/15/2008
300. ! ! Haiku For A Globally Warmed Early Spring 2/16/2008
301. ! ! To A Japanese Poet 2/16/2008
302. ! ! Scrooge Does Valentine 2/13/2008
303. ! ! Execution Before Judgment 2/16/2008
304. ! ! A Kyoto Garden In Spring 2/16/2008
305. ! ! Science Rewarded 2/21/2008
306. ! ! To Buson 2/22/2008
307. ! ! Japanese Toilet Wall 2/22/2008
308. ! ! Duet For Heaven And Earth 2/22/2008
309. ! ! Open-Air Concert 2/22/2008
310. For An Unnamed Teacher 2/25/2008
311. ! ! To Parents 2/27/2008
312. ! ! Whose Photos? 3/4/2008
313. ! ! In His Eyes, His Eyes 3/4/2008
314. ! ! The Necessity Of Luxury 3/5/2008
315. ! ! A Comment On Contemporary Poetry 3/6/2008
316. ! ! The Caliph, The Craftsman And The Imam (An Ancient Tale Just Brought To Light) 3/6/2008
317. ! ! The Early Blackbird 3/7/2008
318. ! ! Emily Dickinson Transcends 3/11/2008
319. ! ! Shaving Mirror Haiku 3/13/2008
320. ! ! The Hinterland 4/10/2008

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)

    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

Sonnet And Sonata

May sonnet ever match sonata form?
whose opening movement catches restless mind;
whose new and ever-fresh harmonious sound
puts spark in eye and ear, and feet on ground;

then, slower movement, drawing us to still peace,
takes mind within to where all movements cease;
murmuring all that inner nature knows,
restoring to our self its true repose.

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