Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

281. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 42 - How Far Is Far From God? 5/9/2007
282. In The Spirit Of Rumi 44 -Between, Lies Beyond 5/9/2007
283. A Tribute To William Bronk, Poet. 8/1/2007
284. Illusion And Laughter 12/4/2007
285. ! In The Spirit Of Rumi - 70 - Grace 10/2/2007
286. And Hike You Too Mate 10/10/2007
287. ! A Journey Through An Interminable Poetic Landscape 11/2/2007
288. In The Steps Of Rumi 85: A Messed-Up Life 12/8/2007
289. ! Evcharistos! And Not Only... 12/10/2007
290. For Joan Crammond 6/30/2006
291. 0319 For Jake - A Sloppigram 5/3/2006
292. ! ! A Business Trip. Sonnet For Epiphany. 12/31/2009
293. ! ! Everyone A Prince Growing Toward A King 11/19/2009
294. ! ! Enthusiasm's Promise 7/9/2009
295. ! ! In Praise Of Praise 7/4/2009
296. ! ! To A New-Born Poem 4/25/2009
297. ! ! A Postmodern Explanation Of Poetry: For Mike Who Asked 1/8/2009
298. ! A Robert Hass Prose-Poem Impertinently Versified 12/28/2008
299. ! ! Selfe's Grammar: A Sonnet In The Style Of George Herbert 12/2/2008
300. ! ! A Chinese Takeaway - For David With Thanks 11/6/2008
301. ! ! To Ibn Al-Arabi, Sufi 10/28/2008
302. ! ! A Metaphysical Prayer 2/17/2008
303. On The Dawn Of Christ's Nativity [sonnet] 12/25/2007
304. ! Abbot John Of Forde At Prayer 11/3/2007
305. 0216 Nobility, Humility 6/29/2006
306. 0273 Something A Song Sing Cummings 4/2/2006
307. Freedom's In The Air 7/20/2006
308. ! A Little Bit Of Tolle In Sutra Mood... 8/21/2007
309. 0020 The Faithful Servant 10/14/2006
310. ! Holy Questions Not Wholly Answered 1/18/2008
311. ! ! Has Music Gone From Poetry? 9/2/2008
312. ! ! We As Parents To Our Parents 12/28/2008
313. ! ! The Algebra Of Poetry. For Jim As If. 5/26/2009
314. ! ! For Vasant Kothari 7/2/2009
315. In The Spirit Of Rumi-40-The Nightingale And The Rose 5/6/2007
316. ! ! In A Greek Amphitheatre: George Seferis, Poet 12/23/2006
317. ! ! God's Two-Ness 7/13/2008
318. ! ! East Meets West Where Wisdom Rests 3/23/2009
319. ! ! Easter Saturday 4/11/2009
320. 0037 To, For, Sheila W. 8/11/2006

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Best Poem of Michael Shepherd

! A Wish

I'd like to write - like grown-up poets do:
with similes that span the universe,
that sparkle, crackle, dazzle, woo the mind;
and touch the heart with tender, swoony verse...

I'd like to write - like grown-up poets do:
in literature that's all the better for
those soaring, parabolic parables
and paradigms, and rhymes, and metaphor...

I'd like to write - like no-one else has done:
forget the rules and precedents; let fly
to heights undreamt of yet, new mindscape won..

And yet, perhaps, the world's served better by

small lamps of words ...

Read the full of ! A Wish

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.