Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

! Spring Afternoon - Poem by Michael Shepherd

A spring morning – well,
I only need to say the words?
I’ll picture mine, you picture yours –
champagne bubbling in the blood and in the mind,
hopes and possibilities flooding freshly in..

but a spring mid-afternoon… like today, like now:
a subtle balance of the elements;
the sunlight bathes the room, but gently,
with its promise; yet,
there’s a timeless peace with it
that’s like a life surveyed; yet
free of thought, of comparison, or of regret:

the six loved paintings that adorn the walls
bought for a song, when art was like a song –
they love the gentle sunlight, and it in turn loves them;
five artists painting their sunlit peace, their happiness;
(two very different ones from the man
who lives so humbly halfway up
the mountain hills he rambles every day):
three oils; one gouache; one watercolour; and one pastel;

they all but two have clouds in them
as they’re all landscapes;
one that hasn’t, has a haze as if
the painter’s painting the summer wind, in those high hills..
the other is a cloudless morning’s peace,
the bend of a river in mid-France;
the river…it cannot be, just painted oil?
it’s water seen as by a pure clear soul…

and the clouds – caught in an impossibility of time,
play out an endless drama of the elements;
timeless in the peace of, now, a slightly later
springtime afternoon; almost with a touch...
but how could perfection ever regret
its own departure?


Comments about ! Spring Afternoon by Michael Shepherd

  • (6/5/2007 11:49:00 AM)


    Your words are inspiring. This is absolutely beautiful........marci.m. :) (Report) Reply

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  • (3/10/2007 2:23:00 PM)


    A verily most eloquent work of art Michael. Vividly expressed. (Report) Reply

  • Melvina Germain (3/10/2007 12:02:00 PM)


    Imagry upon imagry depicted here, an absolutely fabulous poem.-Melvina- (Report) Reply

  • (3/10/2007 11:53:00 AM)


    A timeless piece....
    M, rare for me to make such a simplistic comment, but... I love this. t x
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 10, 2007

Poem Edited: Monday, January 31, 2011


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