Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

0403 The Medium Is The Message - Poem by Michael Shepherd

'I wish you could see it - it's an incredible sight -
there's this unbelievable river of people -
like a Ganges or a Mississippi -
all moving at their various speeds
according to age and infirmity and determination,
all races and colours too,
yes, a bit of strain and pain on some faces,
but such a feeling of goodwill
as I've never experienced before-
cheerier than a Hallmark card -
all facing forward, carried by the others
and superbly marshalled - the angels -
so there's every support you could imagine,
I don't know why I ever had cold feet about it,
I feel that the future is rosy...
but the present's even better....
see you soon. Oh by the way,
forget sentiment and keepsakes, all that -
sling the marathon medal in the casket. It reminds me
of that last day. Funnily enough, it's rather
similar in a way, as we approach the finishing line -
' the pearly gates' ha ha;
yes, see you soon. Time flies, doesn't it? '

'And that' said the medium, turning up the lights,
'is all we've time for this session. I hope
it makes you feel better, dear. Most of my clients
say so, they go out happier...Yes,
I'll take an Amex card...'

Comments about 0403 The Medium Is The Message by Michael Shepherd

  • (4/18/2005 1:11:00 PM)

    I loved it, Michael. It made me chuckle. Your images were outrages and your ending superb. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/18/2005 11:32:00 AM)

    apologies, Gyppo, I missed out the crucial 'marathon' word trying to be too clever. Agatha Christie turned up at today's seance just in time to point this out.. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/18/2005 10:15:00 AM)


    At first when I was reading through the first half of the poem, I thought it was about a marathon of some kind (and I supose it is really isn't it) ? I was quite surprised when I realised what the poem was really about but perhaps that is just me being thick. It kept my interest and I found it very amusing. The ending made me chuckle too.

    Kind regards

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 18, 2005

Poem Edited: Saturday, July 15, 2006

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