Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Lines To A Poet Of Middling Age - Poem by Michael Shepherd

You are now too old
to indulge in arrogance

and yet you are too young
to have anything to be arrogant about

you are in mortal peril
at the midpoint of a life
which is not a life

which has no past and no future
for you are not present in it

yet grace abounds
and with it, poetry

Comments about Lines To A Poet Of Middling Age by Michael Shepherd

  • (9/23/2005 10:33:00 AM)

    i'm glad i read this today, Michael. i really needed to hear something like this.

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  • (9/17/2005 11:34:00 AM)

    Being past the 'midpoint, ' I can read this without squirming, thinking it is aimed at me. It is well-done, thoughtful, and whoever it is aimed at will certainly not know it. That's the part about being at that arrogant part of life. Ah, the things we learn!

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  • Theorem Thetruthserum (9/17/2005 10:59:00 AM)

    Good poem...I wonder who it is about. (Report) Reply

  • (9/17/2005 10:55:00 AM)

    Michael...I have to squirm a little, thinking that I could fit this picture. It's nice to see a clearly written poem without cliches and without an emphasis on rhyme, which doesn't usually add much. The lack of periods, etc., draws attention. This one gets a ten. Good work. (Report) Reply

  • (9/17/2005 10:22:00 AM)

    Like all 'chillers', David, it comes hot from self-knowledge!
    But yes, more than one specific...
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  • (9/17/2005 9:27:00 AM)

    Spoken with wisdom and talent, Michael. Is this directed at anybody in particular, or just a general musing? (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 17, 2005

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