Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

281. In The Spirit Of Rumi 34-Chickpeas 5/3/2007
282. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 42 - How Far Is Far From God? 5/9/2007
283. In The Spirit Of Rumi 44 -Between, Lies Beyond 5/9/2007
284. A Tribute To William Bronk, Poet. 8/1/2007
285. Illusion And Laughter 12/4/2007
286. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 70 - Grace 10/2/2007
287. And Hike You Too Mate 10/10/2007
288. ! A Journey Through An Interminable Poetic Landscape 11/2/2007
289. In The Steps Of Rumi 85: A Messed-Up Life 12/8/2007
290. ! Evcharistos! And Not Only... 12/10/2007
291. For Joan Crammond 6/30/2006
292. 0319 For Jake - A Sloppigram 5/3/2006
293. ! ! A Business Trip. Sonnet For Epiphany. 12/31/2009
294. ! ! Everyone A Prince Growing Toward A King 11/19/2009
295. ! ! Enthusiasm's Promise 7/9/2009
296. ! ! In Praise Of Praise 7/4/2009
297. ! ! To A New-Born Poem 4/25/2009
298. ! ! A Postmodern Explanation Of Poetry: For Mike Who Asked 1/8/2009
299. ! A Robert Hass Prose-Poem Impertinently Versified 12/28/2008
300. ! ! A Chinese Takeaway - For David With Thanks 11/6/2008
301. ! ! Selfe's Grammar: A Sonnet In The Style Of George Herbert 12/2/2008
302. ! ! To Ibn Al-Arabi, Sufi 10/28/2008
303. ! ! A Metaphysical Prayer 2/17/2008
304. On The Dawn Of Christ's Nativity [sonnet] 12/25/2007
305. ! Abbot John Of Forde At Prayer 11/3/2007
306. 0216 Nobility, Humility 6/29/2006
307. 0273 Something A Song Sing Cummings 4/2/2006
308. Freedom's In The Air 7/20/2006
309. ! A Little Bit Of Tolle In Sutra Mood... 8/21/2007
310. 0020 The Faithful Servant 10/14/2006
311. ! Holy Questions Not Wholly Answered 1/18/2008
312. ! ! Has Music Gone From Poetry? 9/2/2008
313. ! ! We As Parents To Our Parents 12/28/2008
314. ! ! For Vasant Kothari 7/2/2009
315. ! ! The Algebra Of Poetry. For Jim As If. 5/26/2009
316. In The Spirit Of Rumi-40-The Nightingale And The Rose 5/6/2007
317. ! ! In A Greek Amphitheatre: George Seferis, Poet 12/23/2006
318. ! ! God's Two-Ness 7/13/2008
319. ! ! East Meets West Where Wisdom Rests 3/23/2009
320. ! ! Easter Saturday 4/11/2009

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...


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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)

    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...



  • David Keig (10/17/2004 7:51:00 PM)


    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


  • 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,

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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