Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

0264 Toothpaste Tubes And Toilet Seats - Poem by Michael Shepherd

Why do I hate you? Let me count the ways...

Oh I could list them.... but no - not the trivialities
that drive us into impotent blind rage
committed daily by our partners, children, (parents?) , room-mates -
I, you, we, all have that list...

but I sing the joyous list of so-called 'minor' poets
who simply spell out, so uproariously
our petty human weaknesses,
domestic inadequacies, all the idiot joy
of living together while apart...

poets who'll never be on someone else's list
of 'ground-breaking' avant-garde great names
who with new neighbourings of words and sounds
expand humanity's poetic vision of the tears of things;
map out the undiscovered mind of years that are yet to be -

no - poets who, living all our lives for us,
confirm, with smiling banal truisms, this comedy,
our shared humanity; humans being humans;
wishing that we might change, but not too soon, not yet...

and as we smile and groan as poets with their skills
list that familiar daily stress and strain -
the still, mad music of humanity -
love arises.

Comments about 0264 Toothpaste Tubes And Toilet Seats by Michael Shepherd

  • Cj Heck (12/7/2005 2:57:00 PM)

    To Michael, a gentleman and a scholar, I say thank you, kind sir. What an insightful poem to have the honor of being dedicated to. You humble me, dear friend, since you knew when you did that, it would put things into grand perspective again for me. It did that and I thank you. I shall continue to write and continue striving to be the best I can be... for me.
    Love and appreciation,
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  • (8/6/2005 8:55:00 AM)

    Michael..this is perfectly beautiful and true. Celebrate the rough edges and immortalize the detailed mayhem :) Loved the title too. (Report) Reply

  • (8/6/2005 8:47:00 AM)

    This really has something to say, Michael...and I like the title.

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  • (8/6/2005 8:44:00 AM)

    Excellent, Mike. Give us harsh and happy realities. It's the best place to start. (Report) Reply

  • (8/6/2005 8:11:00 AM)

    HN - They say it takes one to know one...
    PH - two of the commonest household complaints are not putting the cap back on the toothpaste tube (hence the new designs): and not putting the lid back down on the toilet (or for the older bladders.. oh, forget it...) OK?
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  • (8/6/2005 7:52:00 AM)

    A nice variation on the opening line, and the final stanza is terrific. But what the hell kind of title is that? I don't get it. (Report) Reply

  • (8/6/2005 7:39:00 AM)

    A great soul has spoken.
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 6, 2005

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 18, 2010

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