Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

0004 The World Has Lost The Ear For Rhyme - Poem by Michael Shepherd

The world has lost the ear for rhyme.
It still makes children squirm with pleasure;
and from some witty pens and minds, its fireworks fizz;
so, after all these centuries of rhyme
and all the games of meter, dancing words,
should we now mourn its passing?
Have we lost the music of another world?

Instead, the easy unpretentious discourse,
sober, light, familiar, honest -
the world of daily, homely, shared sharp life,
that's now preferred. Not prose;
much more than 'chopped-up prose' as those may say
who think that poetry should be more visibly hard-earned;
- as if a human life set down in honesty
were not a poem in itself, unwrit;
'prose with enhanced consciousness' it's often now defined;
and consciousness - now that's earned, if you like...

and simile, and imagery, and metaphor - all the repertoire
of glorious poetry - they're all still here
to work their magic; if more played down, now,
unostentatious as T-shirt and jeans;
unostentatious as the beating, bloody heart.

And yet, when years bring tears
and time brings death and dying,
it's time for rhyme, to heal the heart
and charm away the crying.

Comments about 0004 The World Has Lost The Ear For Rhyme by Michael Shepherd

  • (8/4/2005 7:30:00 AM)

    Michael, when i read poems like this i want to smash my pens and burn all my manuscripts. gotta light?


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  • (8/3/2005 5:01:00 AM)

    Thanks, Sherrie. I've amended the title. (Report)Reply

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  • (8/2/2005 5:13:00 PM)

    Very nicely put Michael. In my opinion (which means close to nothing here :) sometimes when words are written in a certain 'musical' way they just seem more beautiful. Honestly, I don't see why anyone would say 'one way is IN and the other way is OUT'. Perhaps the loudest voices are the ones that dislike the rhyming style right now but that doesn't take away from 'personal opinion'. We like what we like. That needs no explaination or justification. Great poem. Sincerely, Mary (Report)Reply

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  • (8/2/2005 3:21:00 PM)

    WOW! Michael! this is wonderful! I'm jealous...lol! This is very nice work! Congratulations. LSP (Report)Reply

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  • (8/2/2005 3:19:00 PM)

    Oh Michael, very well said...and your final stanza is the frosting on the cake. I love both kinds of poetry and wouldn't want to give up either one.


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Poem Edited: Thursday, December 7, 2006

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