Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

0134 All Things Shine - Poem by Michael Shepherd

Everything is full of its own essence;
so full, it shines beyond itself
and makes its own space,
an inner space so great
that it meets ourselves in its own radiance;

so full that if we name it –
blade of grass, thunderstorm, darkness, angel –
it sighs to be named, lowers its eyes in sadness,
silent with a certain regret
at being parted from the name it shares

and even when we say that name –
say it quietly, listening as we breathe,
call it some name like God, or poet –
even then it sighs a little
like a child knowing its first fear

yet shining with forgiveness
like a tree, like an angel, like a feather.

Comments about 0134 All Things Shine by Michael Shepherd

  • (4/21/2006 11:36:00 PM)

    Michael this was a wonderful capture of essence, and quite spiritual. Enjoyed. :) (Report) Reply

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  • (4/13/2006 8:26:00 AM)

    A delightful decoration of words playing out so soothingly to both ear and mind. Thanks for sharing these words, Mikey.
    With warmth,
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  • (4/12/2006 8:32:00 PM)

    Dear Michael,

    This is a wonderful poem. The message is soul-lifting and inspiring. It reaches out to our highest being and enables us to behold the God within. The last couplet is perfection. Beautiful writing!

    All the best,

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  • (4/12/2006 6:04:00 PM)

    Ray Stevens had a hit song back in '71 titled 'Everything is beautiful' in it's own way. Like your poem Mike (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Poem Edited: Friday, July 14, 2006

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