Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

! Mind Games

Poem by Michael Shepherd

Swaami Vivekaananda describes
the restless, vain, vindictive human mind
as monkey: agile, watchful, quick to move,
yet never quite at rest. And worse, we find -

intoxicated: selfish, full of pride,
that agile mind sent spinning into pain,
the boundless universe turned tiny box,
Man's measure never known. And worse again -

this cunning, drunken monkey's angry; stung
by his own scorpion bite: and so invents
his bitter enemies, their role assigned;
the human race divided by...our mind.

And thus the mindful Swaami with fine grace
reminds us - we're that godly human race...


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  • Michael Shepherd (5/2/2005 6:49:00 AM)

    Relax, young Allan alias Ali! What makes you think Swaami Vivekaananda is writing about you...? ...(Report)Reply

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  • Michael Shepherd (5/1/2005 12:25:00 PM)

    Thanks, guys - back under a new title. It's all the rage.(Report)Reply

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  • kenneth william snowkenneth william snow (5/1/2005 12:22:00 PM)

    Excellent post Michael...timely as well

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  • Michael Shepherd (5/1/2005 10:45:00 AM)

    darshana and a bit of vidya, OJ?

    And I'm very flexible on strict rhyme if there's something to be said...for me, a colloquial flow counts more - since everybody has blank verse in their schoolday past!(Report)Reply

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  • Richard A. Davis SR. (5/1/2005 10:22:00 AM)

    Very nice! ! ! ! - all in the mind,
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  • David Nelson Bradsher (5/1/2005 9:57:00 AM)

    How about 'Pre-Packaged', Michael. Either way, I like this sonnet. It's a more modern version with the ABXB rhyme scheme, but still satisfying, my friend.(Report)Reply

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  • Poetry Hound (5/1/2005 9:54:00 AM)

    Very clever poem, Michael. I agree with Robert about the title. I don't know, maybe 'Poet in A Box.'(Report)Reply

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  • Michael Shepherd (5/1/2005 9:26:00 AM)

    Please suggest a title - I've changed it twice!(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, May 1, 2005

Poem Edited: Friday, October 5, 2007