Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

0407 The Past Was A Present Once - Poem by Michael Shepherd

A string of perfect pearls
threaded on grey silk
in a silver jewel-case
I'm keeping for somebody else
so don't open it

A room of carefully-folded
but I scrawled 'nostalgia' on the door
so don't go in there

I know what's in the box, the room,
so I haven't looked for a long time

maybe I should

Comments about 0407 The Past Was A Present Once by Michael Shepherd

  • (2/18/2005 11:11:00 AM)

    ...whatever happened to nostalgia, I ask? ...yes, yes, you lynx-eyed hassler, I stole it from you because I felt that memories were getting an unfairly bad press from you and I recognised a fault line in myself too...good reason for writing a poem I say.
    As for your no-go area, well that's your concern.. you're young yet, laddie.... but thanks for the nudge. Care to be my full-time cross-gender Muse?

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  • (2/18/2005 10:47:00 AM)

    why, Microsoft, do i detect a somewhat bitter double-entendre in the title? i have a door marked NOSTALGIA. it's been boarded up.

    run like you stole it,


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  • (2/18/2005 5:41:00 AM)

    That's the divine joke about poetry, Rusty - often the readers 'get it' before the writer does! I reckon that's good? And absolutely true of this one... I like it when the 'poet' is a microsecond ahead of the 'editor'. Thanks. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/17/2005 9:20:00 PM)

    I think I got it, and if I did, damn that was good.


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  • (2/17/2005 8:35:00 PM)

    This one is very well done. You've compressed some haubnting images into a tight, concise poem. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/17/2005 7:02:00 PM)

    Very well done, Michael...very nice gathering of intimate imagery...this is good stuff...


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  • Cj Heck (2/17/2005 6:50:00 PM)

    Sweet, yet bittersweet... I enjoyed this poem, Michael. I especially love the line:
    'A room of carefully-folded happinesses'. It's lovely and... oh, how I wish I had thought of that first... and that's a compliment, sweet friend.

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  • (2/17/2005 6:41:00 PM)

    Lovely poem, many forget to open the box or peep in the door and smile, maybe show their treasures to others: -) (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, February 17, 2005

Poem Edited: Saturday, July 15, 2006

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