Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

0194 At Last - Poem by Michael Shepherd

At last I’m old enough

old enough not to be
embarrassed when
it happens

it can be when
some athlete stands
and mouths the words of
their national anthem
as the flag waves

or a young musician
makes their first, fresh
debut playing some
often played classic
as if it had never
been played before

or a cloud passes and
the sunlight reaches into
the room and says
look at this crystal vase,
look at this flower
look at this dewdrop

or someone who was anyone
a moment ago

oh so many so little big things and
my chest heaves, shudders,
and my heart not my eyes
is shaking with tears which
cannot be explained but
only recognised for
whence they come
beyond tears

at last I’m old enough
not to be embarrassed
by this joy
I make the excuse
to go into another room
in case

Comments about 0194 At Last by Michael Shepherd

  • (5/7/2006 9:29:00 PM)

    This is just lovely. Very touching moments, and yet, not all are talented enough to describe them so eloquently. Am officially amazed...
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  • (1/20/2006 10:29:00 AM)

    This is a great poem michael and I don't know what it feels like yet but this has given me some clues.
    Keep it up.
    All the best
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  • (1/15/2006 8:51:00 AM)

    I laugh a lot louder, cry more easily, speak out more freely, love more passionately....so we go full circle....and the aging process facilitates our wholeness....a lot less ego.....and a whole lot more joy! Thanks for sharing this, Michael....Yes, I related to the 'feeling' you presented...and not solely the craftsmanship. (Report) Reply

  • (1/14/2006 5:46:00 PM)

    Elegant and beautiful. Thanks for sharing this.
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  • Alice Vedral Rivera (1/14/2006 5:38:00 PM)

    Stoicism isn't all it's cracked up to be. Sometimes it's nice to let yourself feel the emotion and age affords us a perfect excuse.

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  • (1/14/2006 5:22:00 PM)

    We had a man come into my history class a month ago (a WWII veteran) and he freely let his emotions go while he discussed his life. His tears broke my heart....
    This poem reminded me of him. It also shows what a truly caring and gentle man you are Michael. This is truly beautiful. Sincerely, Mary
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  • (1/14/2006 5:15:00 PM)

    You let us into our own generosity too here, as your poem brings to mind times the reader has been so moved, as well. You're a great heart, Michael. (Go on into the other room, if you need to.) (Report) Reply

  • (1/14/2006 4:41:00 PM)

    to rest easy in your own skin
    what a blessing
    finally to fling the mask
    into a dim corner
    and flash your smile
    to all the world
    your joy
    and true
    a fine poem
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  • Ernestine Northover (1/14/2006 4:16:00 PM)

    A really nice one Michael, there's something rather grand about being oneself and not worrying about what other people think. Older age has something, worth giving us, at least! Love Ernestine XXX (Report) Reply

  • (1/14/2006 3:55:00 PM)

    incontinence can be conquered shep there are things you can wear even cubans wear them looks like you got a ten i am very generous you know

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 14, 2006

Poem Edited: Friday, July 14, 2006

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