! A Poet Poem by Michael Shepherd

! A Poet

Rating: 2.7

He — or was it she?
was a child who said little
but walked, endlessly, just looking

or stood still for minutes, hours,
and became what they looked at

was from a large family
but still people said, you’re an only child aren’t you

was it seems very happy in themself
but no-one asked, so never said

kept themself to themself, which annoyed
other children, who bullied them

and then were even more annoyed
when they didn’t play the victim

failed examinations and yet
was always wrapt up in a book

occasionally did things like cutting themselves
and was told off but never questioned usefully

wrote poems secretly but was unconcerned
whether people read them or not

was good to be with as long as you
didn’t expect anything of them

was secretly loved by some
who never liked to say so

because what they loved somehow
didn’t have a name

years later, some of them read the poems
and knew what they had loved

Jim Valero 11 July 2007

Very true, indeed-this need for solitude, to have the time, the leisure, to observe, to become a part of all that we behold, to become sun, cloud, flower, stream, blade of grass. And sure enough, as you say, others will think it weird, odd. But, as you also point out, art, beauty, poetry is the outcome of all those oddballs who feel life so much and struggle with words to let others know-like the poet who wrote these lines: you. Thanks for sharing.

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Max Reif 17 August 2007

Sweet portrait. And I, windblown and in from the cold and rain, am jealous of you who are getting a dozen comments per poem. Maybe you're better writers, I have to conclude (sigh) .

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Nimal Dunuhinga 07 October 2007

I see a poet in a poet.

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Janelle Morehart 18 October 2007

Wow, how very interesting! Such lovely work and it give's a sense of sharp meaning. Penetrates the mind and make's you think. Of so many different things. It's sorta like a riddle that tells the answer yet it give's light to other things as well. I very much loved this piece and I hope you make millions more like it!

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Tom J. Mariani 01 November 2007

Your description of a poet is much more comprehensive and serious than the lighthearted version my mother used to give me when she caught me writing instead of doing my chores. 'He's a poet and you should know it because his nose is a longfellow.' You, and Billy Collins here in the States, are now both on my list of being able to show what it is to be a poet.

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Edward Kofi Louis 30 May 2016

A Poet! ! Years later. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Okoye Charles Chukwudi 22 February 2012

This poem is good, simple and beautiful...it takes the reader thru a circle of life and ends him in a comforting triangle...kudos

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John Oconnell 17 February 2010

there is a lot of things England may not be proud of. but they may be proud of you. thanks for your humanity. john

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Patrick A. Martin 17 August 2009

Oh micheal you filled up my shoes completely had I met you when I was 10 I wouldn't have told you my secret even if it was your secret too.10 again

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a good poem about the poet..well expressed

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Michael Shepherd

Michael Shepherd

Marton, Lancashire
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