Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

! Call That ****ing Poetry? - Poem by Michael Shepherd

As one of the wrinkly-crumblies
-W.A.S.P. without the sting -
it puzzles me: in poetry,
does one good **** really deserve another?
fifty years ago - fifty, for ****'s sake -
when I was an army cadet
some squaddies used it every other word
-and since we were in Signals,
it ****ing delayed ****ing battle-orders ****ing long enough
to ****ing mow down a ****ing platoon...

and longer in ****ing Morse... - - -...
and as for ****ing semaphore...makes your ****ing arms flag...

my liberal friends
who never admit to shock
say 'it shows a.... lack of imagination';
now that's ****ing serious in ****ing poets.

outside the ****ing English-spitting world
it must seem ****ing strange
that the most-loved ****ing bodily action
is used as a ****ing swear-word -
what have you ****ers got against ****ing?
or is it a term of ****ing praise maybe?

and why still a shock-word
amongst you young lot
who get a lot more ****ing ****ing than we ever did? Dammit.

Philologically,
is it still heard
as ****ing onomatopoeic?
which makes it pretty near to ****ing S&M I'd say?

could you****ers (whom I love for your interest in poetry
I have to say)
give me, as a reasonable ****er,
a ****ing explanation?
it would be ****ing useful
poetically

And who the **** is this
'American realist' poet Charles F***offski
whom you admire so much, anyway?


Comments about ! Call That ****ing Poetry? by Michael Shepherd

  • Deborah Cromer (8/1/2009 1:29:00 PM)


    Yes! You are right. Poets do need imagination. You certainly showed you definately have it in this poem! Interesting to read and good questions pointed out. A very creative piece of art. :) DC (Report) Reply

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  • (2/20/2009 7:03:00 AM)


    That was ****ing brilliant, how the ***k did you think of that. Thanks for the good read and ****ing escapism.
    Steve
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  • (8/30/2008 1:58:00 PM)


    Thanks for cleansing the cobwebs from my f***ing mind, , , and allowing me some insight into what the f**k...this f***ing word really means. Forever, f***ingly grateful, JBE! (Report) Reply

  • (2/20/2008 1:14:00 AM)


    I like this...
    But I also Like Bukowski.....
    Its about context I suppose...
    Poetry... Sometimes a reflection of real life?
    Great write!
    Roger.
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  • (12/23/2007 10:02:00 AM)


    I'm not sure if you were trying to capture this. But by overusing 'the word' you effectively render it meaningless and reduce its power. From reading the poem I do think you did that deliberately. The frequency of its usage in society does beg the question 'Why are we still shocked by it? '. Good job. (Report) Reply

  • (12/13/2007 8:11:00 AM)


    This is one of your older ones I am reading for the first time. When it's -ing used as a filler word, like ya know, check this out, it loses a lot of its value, like ya know, any other word or phrase. Some people I know save it for and 'F-bomb.' To signal when they are really mad or glad. It's a workhorse. But it's still a word you should scrape off your shoes before you come in the house. You found a way of putting all it's posibilities out there.
    Tom
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  • (11/17/2004 7:51:00 AM)


    Ouch, and yes, ouch (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Poem Edited: Friday, October 9, 2009


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