Alison Cassidy

For Michael Shepherd

To ride the wings of breath
And swim the body into the deep
Place between the in and out
The before and after
The now and now

To dive so deep
So beyond into the bliss
And even further
Into effortless effort
This is just the beginning

Poem Submitted: Monday, July 17, 2006
Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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  • Original Unknown Girl (2/23/2012 5:13:00 AM)

    Beautiful, succint and beautiful epitaph to Michael, so sorry to hear of his passing.
    Do hope you are well dear Alison. HG; -) xx

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  • Okoye Charles ChukwudiOkoye Charles Chukwudi (2/22/2012 2:37:00 AM)

    This is celestial....very simple and sound
    very beautiful and bloom....
    You are a good writer, and i luv ur simplicity here...i envy mr micheal...kudos

    please you should read a few of my poem esp Do not despair at the death of the light...leave a comment/criticism..i will appreciate that...thanks for sharing

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  • Jim Hogg (2/17/2012 2:55:00 AM)

    One of your very best, Alison, on one of PH's finest. It reminds us of how special the guy was and seems even more appropriate now. A very fitting epitaph. Would be great if this was allowed to survive for the longer term. Lovely to have his comments below it too. Adds to the sense of going on. x

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  • Fay SlimmFay Slimm (4/4/2009 7:44:00 PM)

    You painted the real Michael in this one - - and he gives his typical reaction too - - glad I came across this worthy piece on a very worthy literary giant.....10 for your wonderful imagery.... from Fay, , xx

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  • Michael Shepherd (9/12/2006 12:55:00 PM)

    ...gulp...what a magical poem, Allie... thanks guys, love you all, hope it shows, I'll try to live up to it...

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  • Robert Howard (9/2/2006 6:37:00 AM)

    I share your respect for Michael's profoundly inquiring mind and kind heart.

    Robert

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  • Mary Nagy (7/28/2006 9:21:00 PM)

    Great poem for Michael! I'm so glad I'm not the only one that sees Michael as a huge role model here! His spirituality is infectious.......and I'm so thankful that he is the 'sharing type'! I bet he loved this poem Alison. Wonderful work. (that's not a ''back-patting'' compliment!) :) Sincerely, Mary

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  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjrFrank James Ryan Jr...fjr (7/27/2006 5:23:00 AM)

    Class A Poem for a Class A Literary Mind, and a mindfull man & friend...
    Well done, Alison''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''FRANK/FJR

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  • Esther Leclerc (7/23/2006 11:49:00 AM)

    Reading this plainly, I feel myself freefalling in water, that element of comfort and peace - yes, bliss! ... As metaphor, this poem encourages and inspires one to LIVE, regardless of Time and other strictures. Bliss doesn't end with age... Congratulations, Michael (Man of Humor and Wisdom!) , for meriting this loveliness. Love to you, Allie! Esther: ]

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  • Tara very irritated with PH injustice (7/18/2006 6:54:00 AM)

    Ditto to comments! t x

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  • Jerry Hughes (7/17/2006 5:05:00 PM)

    Totally agree, Micheal...

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  • Michael Shepherd (7/17/2006 10:09:00 AM)

    oh did I say, it's beautiful, and you?

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  • Michael Shepherd (7/17/2006 10:08:00 AM)

    wow, Allie, only AJS and Graham Leese wrote poems for me before (Graham's was polite...) . I'm honoured. Well, as the saints (or was it Jerry?) said, it takes One to know One...

    Sorta kinda blushing thanks...

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