Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

! ! Today - Poem by Michael Shepherd


(Mark it in the diary -
then throw the diary away..) :

Today dawned with the unusual
wrapped intriguingly in the familiar;
a freshness unidentifiable;
a promise, that promised
nothing specific:

as if I walk in a world
whose infinite complexity
is no problem;
its multiplicity, a straightforward matter;

which delivers something hoped for
and yet never formulated with real meaning:

here and now, yet feels eternal;
a heavenly sense of down-to-earthness;
a freedom that can’t remember
what it’s freed from;

where activity only seems
to tell one more of stillness,
and noise just sings of silence;

a day that’s a gift, without
a need to ask, or to receive;
where surrender is instantaneous, and continual,
and barely worth the mention;
where paradox is just a game;
where being, itself, is gratitude enough;

a day that says, this is how things are;
this is how it is... raising a quizzical eyebrow
and the hint of a smile:
you thought it otherwise..?

a day that deserves a new-coined word
to mark it as exceptionally
unexceptionable: the word has
spoken of itself:

for the gift of just being is beyond
all thoughts of giver and receiver;
it’s a day that promises to itself and myself,
what it delivers right now
in each present moment –

the indescribably magnificent,
glorious, who-would-have-guessed,
strangely familiar, and yet utterly new,
sense of the ordinary.

Comments about ! ! Today by Michael Shepherd

  • (4/16/2008 5:21:00 AM)

    Re; My account (as Danny Reynolds)

    I still have had no reply
    From PH to tell me why
    My account has been disabled
    No motion has yet been tabled
    So I’m gonna keep posting this plea
    Till some bugger does answer me!
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  • (4/16/2008 5:17:00 AM)

    Ah Michael... You have lived too long! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 16, 2008

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