Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

! ! This Is A Shouting Poem

Poem by Michael Shepherd

This is a SHOUTING poem.
Not a gentle wildflower poem
not a whispering-of-love poem
A SHOUTING POEM.

This is a POSTER poem.
Not a subtly persuading poem.
not a think-about-it poem
A POSTER POEM

This is a HARD OF HEARING poem.
What?
I said a HARD OF HEARING POEM

This is a LOST SPECTACLES poem
to test your sight.
No no not LAST TESTICLES
NO TRY THE NEXT LINE -
A LOST SPECTACLES POEM

This is a HAVE YOU SEEN MY? poem.
I know I put it down somewhere.
Are you sure you haven't seen it?
Oh no, you didn't use it for THAT...?
Why are you laughing it's not funny.
I hadn't even finished it...

This is an ACROSS THE ROOM poem.
Read it while you're in bed
watching TV
doing the ironing
reading the newspapers
putting the new wallpaper up
combing the cat
having a bath
washing the car
talking to the neighbours
gardening
this is an ACROSS THE ROOM POEM

This is a BLOWN ACROSS THE STREET POEM
no need to run after it
and pick it up
just watch it blow
maybe wonder
if you missed anything


Comments about ! ! This Is A Shouting Poem by Michael Shepherd

  • Hanna Collins (5/21/2006 6:24:00 PM)

    Loved it, the repetitions really bring your point home. A great one to read aloud.(Report)Reply

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  • Chuck Audette (3/8/2006 2:24:00 PM)

    Michael, I really LIKED THIS POEM. A great children's poem (or for those of us who are maturity-challenged) . -chuck(Report)Reply

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  • Sandra Osborne (2/18/2005 1:20:00 AM)

    Exquisite piece. I really, really enjoyed it. Would give it a 20 if I could. Definately a masterpiece as good as anything on P/H and better than most.(Report)Reply

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  • Lenchen Elf (2/16/2005 4:37:00 AM)

    This is a very very cross poem...I love it: -)(Report)Reply

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  • Herbert Nehrlich1 (2/15/2005 4:41:00 PM)

    Love this! Still in a daze from reading the sonnet book by this author, courtesy of a generous soul in merry ole England. Fantastic book, although it IS second to Shakespeare.
    Recommended reading.
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  • Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (2/15/2005 3:29:00 PM)

    good one, Michael! definitely a performance piece!

    cheers!(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Poem Edited: Friday, February 8, 2008