Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

! Sonnet 59 For Dad

Poem by Michael Shepherd

I'm thinking, Dad, that soon, maybe, we'll meet;
at least, that's how it seems from what I hear;
the info's not at all clear on this point:
like, where exactly; and what will I wear,

and shall I bring you something; if so, what?
I'm not too easy, Dad, about all this:
like, am I sure to find you in that lot?
And, will we treat each other like - we did,

or as we should now (God knows how you'll be...) :
and, will we need to talk about past pain?
('cos that's what's really, really bugging me...) :
or can we wipe the slate clean, start again?

Dad - were you proud of me? You never said...
Dad - love you; are things better, now you're dead?

Comments about ! Sonnet 59 For Dad by Michael Shepherd

  • Sandra Osborne (3/6/2005 5:09:00 AM)

    Well said, great sonnet. I really like this form, a good poet can put a lot into a Sonnet. You ARE a poet and you put a lot into this one.10++(Report)Reply

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  • Malaya Bodlaver (3/5/2005 11:24:00 AM)

    Very profound piece, thank you for sharing!


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  • Michael Tonkin (3/5/2005 9:09:00 AM)

    The last two lines contain questions that I also want to ask, in fact I have a whole lot of questions that I want to ask. It's a pity that I didn't ask them when he was alive, it's the same old story, we simply didn't talk enough.(Report)Reply

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  • Helgard Du Preez (3/5/2005 8:57:00 AM)

    Written from the heart, enough to move anyone. Nicely done.
    Best Wishes

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  • Rich Hanson (3/5/2005 8:09:00 AM)

    A Beautiful and moving sonnet(Report)Reply

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  • Christine Magee (3/5/2005 7:05:00 AM)

    This is so very poignant and I relate to it closely.You ask all my questions. A memorable poem, Michael(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 5, 2005

Poem Edited: Friday, October 5, 2007