Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

0431 You Couldn'T Make It Up... I Hope... - Poem by Michael Shepherd

Off the coast of California
where else
hornyhead turbot
and there's a name for a start
were found to be bisexual with
ovary tissues in their testes

the males were found congregated
around a sewage outlet

before graffiti writers
and fundamentalist preachers
develop the implications of
this newsflash
I think I'll stop
right there


Comments about 0431 You Couldn'T Make It Up... I Hope... by Michael Shepherd

  • (11/26/2005 1:28:00 PM)


    The end is perfect and perfectly timed. Every aspect of the poem adds to its humor: the name of the confused little fish; the image of them congregating around the sewage outlet (no doubt smoking anchovies and propositioning passing schools of fish (male, female, etc.): and the invitation to the reader to speculate at his/her/its peril all combine to make this a delight. (Report) Reply

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  • (11/16/2005 6:48:00 AM)


    ... the comma's out... with thanks for reading it so carefully... (Report) Reply

  • (11/15/2005 3:04:00 PM)


    Michael...this is close to perfect. Does it need the comma. (Report) Reply

  • (11/15/2005 2:41:00 PM)


    I don't know if it is better to say they made it up or if they are actually telling the truth....nicely done. (Report) Reply

  • (11/15/2005 11:06:00 AM)


    Ahh...so, you've visited my fair state.... nice poetic journalism. IAMB impressed! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Poem Edited: Saturday, July 15, 2006


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