Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

! Makeover Day - Poem by Michael Shepherd

The sun's shining here,
hope it is with you;
the sort of day
I just might put on that new tie
except I don't wear ties while writing poems;
how about a new poetic style,
though of course, said Eeyore,
no-one would notice...

The choice offers itself
like those two optimistic primulas in slightly corny colours out there
sunning themselves after a winter bravely endured:
how about a confidently laid-back,
assured as of paradise gained,
with appropriate underplayed humility,
Bay Area style?
Little left to desire,
just a cool sense of life well lived
and a touch of cosmic consciousness
though without a brand-name?
Cool in the sunshine,
the net curtain gently blowing
in the life of now?

No, today
seems more a Manhattan day for me -
cool, again, but sharp as befits
the centre of the world of happening: just
a mere stroll from loft to Mike's Place
for that special coffee, whilst jotting a slightly tangential diary
of friendly intimacy with the essential references
left out; a sprinking
of metro stations mentioned to give it location;
a sense of village local life yet lived
at civilisation's edge:
the Puerto Rican girl in the floral dress
pausing on the sidewalk, smiling
although she didn't have a pass to the gallery opening;
the drunk you always exchange quotes from Bukowski with
outside Julie's; the fun of meeting old friends
with familiar traded insults
and today's new band-box fresh opinion,
the morning wit barbered, shaved, steamed, alcohol-rubbed,
coffeed, cocktailed, manicured, sandwich-barred
in the electric sunshine zing of nowness
that is a new day in Manhattan
as the sunlight creeps cautiously down the high walls;
where every store window's newly dressed
and poverty is invisible...

yes, I think I'll wear this Manhattan tie today;
it's retro but with an edge, wouldn't you say?

Comments about ! Makeover Day by Michael Shepherd

  • Fay Slimm (8/27/2008 11:00:00 AM)

    \\your imaginative writing yet again engages us in a most conversational way. I loved this one.So jaunty (Report)Reply

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  • (3/17/2005 5:26:00 PM)

    polished and urbane wit at its finest. Really impressive. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/17/2005 8:54:00 AM)

    An inspired poem, Michael. What more can I say?

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  • (3/17/2005 8:07:00 AM)

    'Edge' Michael? ...that wetstone must have a groove worn in it: -) ...very sharp observations indeed: -) (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 17, 2005

Poem Edited: Friday, October 5, 2007

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