Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

0177 Merde! - Poem by Michael Shepherd

It's the word you hear
when anti-French views are aired -

when their secret liaisons have been publicly bared -

when they lose a lover for whom they deeply cared -

when a planned seduction hasn't fared -

when a promising mistress is running scared -

when by censorship their free speech is impaired -

Le ci-dessus
c'est pour vous
Marc (Ronberge) ..

Comments about 0177 Merde! by Michael Shepherd

  • (7/29/2005 3:22:00 PM)

    You have to be careful when employing the technique of repeating a word or phrase over and over in a poem. In this case it works marvelously. I like how Sherrie did it in El Dia Vendrra, and there's a Neruda poem - I forget which one - where he keeps repeating something in every stanza. It's one of my favorite poems and I can't even remember the damn thing! Ah well. Nice job with merde, Michael, and interesting comment Ron. (Report)Reply

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  • (7/29/2005 2:23:00 PM)

    ...like I'm always saying to others - never essay poetry except in your native tongue. You may fall dans le merde. (Or is it feminine? My dictionary doesn't know the word...) Oh shit.

    Break a leg, Ronberge!

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  • (7/29/2005 2:03:00 PM)

    Another thing you might not know...

    It's also an informal way to wish luck on someone intimate. An exact opposite of the more classical usage.
    ex. Before an exam 'Merde! '

    Many Thanks for the poem and especially the sentiment,


    ; -)

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  • (7/29/2005 1:57:00 PM)

    Excellent, Michael. Spoken like a true Brit.


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Poem Submitted: Friday, July 29, 2005

Poem Edited: Friday, July 14, 2006

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