Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Michael Shepherd Poems

321. 0037 To, For, Sheila W. 8/11/2006
322. 0016 Immortalised - A Not Quaiku 10/6/2006
323. A Quiet Rap For Poetry Teachers 3/1/2007
324. Through A Glass Darkly 3/10/2007
325. In The Spirit Of Rumi-1 3/21/2007
326. In The Spirit Of Rumi,31-The Swan 5/2/2007
327. Oh Lord... 4/10/2007
328. In The Spirit Of Rumi-13 3/30/2007
329. November 28,2007 Is The International Day Of Stillness: A Poem For The Day 11/28/2007
330. I Read Psalm 30 10/16/2007
331. Doris Lessing 10/16/2007
332. ! I Eager For You 10/7/2007
333. America's Pumpkin Shortage-For Ted 10/10/2007
334. ! Being Human Has Its Side Effects (Read The Small Print) 9/23/2007
335. Poets Are Holy Hypocrites 8/10/2007
336. Time, Perhaps 7/7/2007
337. There's Hope For Hypocrites... 8/25/2007
338. ! A Thought From Isaac Of Nineveh 12/19/2007
339. What Awaits 4/2/2007
340. Sculptor Under Tree (Zimbabwe) 7/1/2005
341. ! ! Oneliness 9/2/2009
342. ! ! Sufi 8/7/2009
343. These Poems 10/26/2009
344. ! ! Surgery 10/29/2009
345. Arjji 2/17/2010
346. 0323 God Removes In Mysteriousways 5/8/2006
347. 0012 Summer E E Cummings In 5/9/2006
348. 0223s O M M E + 9 0 7/1/2006
349. 0160 Happy Poem For Danny 5/23/2006
350. 0031 Ted And Sylvia Meet The Marriage Counsellor 7/19/2006
351. ! ! What The Stone Said 5/14/2009
352. ! ! T H I S... 5/17/2009
353. ! ! Just There 4/14/2009
354. ! ! Saying The Unspeakable 6/4/2009
355. Wimbledon's Unsung Hero 7/1/2009
356. Yogi Post-It To William Carlos Williams 6/22/2009
357. ! ! The God Who Talks To Children 7/31/2008
358. ! ! In The Empty Studio 9/13/2008
359. ! ! Heartsong, Heart's Dance 10/4/2008
360. ! ! Patanjali - For Alison 11/2/2008

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)

    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

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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