Michael Shepherd

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! U N I C O R N 1 5

and though there are places, times,
when you are most likely to find it
there in your heart,
there in front of your eyes –

the mossy glade within the woods,
the sunlight filtering through the trees,
or in the pure air of the highest hills,
or among the tossing white-topped waves –

or at the quiet times –
as the dawn sunlight makes the world anew,
plays to make diamonds of the dew,
or as the peace of dusk descends,
carrying a silent blessing –

the places and the times
when you’re most ready in yourself to meet it –

yet it can appear to you at any time or place –
the crowds, the rush, the noise
cannot disturb it
if it wishes to be seen by you

and afterwards, you’ll remember,
know just why it happened to be then and there;
and what it told you, all about yourself;

when it’s there, although we call it ‘white’,
it’s more than white – almost transparent,
almost like a living crystal sculpture of itself,
almost silver; somewhere where substances and colours
are first made, and meet each other;

it may look at you, with eyes that seem to know everything
and find everything, peaceful, loving, beautiful and reasonable;
or it may not look at you; but still
it talks with you with its very presence;
you know that’s so, because
you find yourself speaking to it in the same way,
opening your heart to it, because
it listens to you; it’s there just listening;
its listening is understanding;

and afterwards, the ‘afterwards’ is changed for ever;
as if you’ve met yourself, and find that good;
the world is yours, and possibilities
are boundless; and the unicorn
does not need your eyes - it makes its home
there in your heart
as if it had never been away.

Poem Submitted: Sunday, February 11, 2007
Poem Edited: Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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  • Alison Cassidy (2/11/2007 10:24:00 PM)

    A magical piece about a magical creature. There is childhood and joy and mystery in this beautiful poem of transformation. love, Allie xxxx

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  • Not a member No 4 (2/11/2007 7:23:00 AM)

    Mr Shepherd: a terrific portrayal of the power of the pregnant positive moment! Profound and very moving words. jim

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  • Rich Hanson (2/11/2007 7:21:00 AM)

    A lovely poem, Michael. Discovering it this morning has brought my day off to a nice start. Beautiful imagery and it sets a tranquil yet haunting mood

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  • Tranquil Ocean (2/11/2007 6:25:00 AM)

    Michael...This is an astoundingly exquisite poem....in all ways...in the thought, structure, flow and the beautiful vivid picture that you paint.A resounding 10! !

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  • Margery Rehman (2/11/2007 6:19:00 AM)

    This is a very beautiful poem with fine imagery. The unicorn is a symbol that can embody so much -goodness, peace, dreams. Thank you

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  • Alison Smith (2/11/2007 5:38:00 AM)

    thank you for a beautifully penned poem... that leaves you less cluttered and serene


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  • Tara very irritated with PH injustice (2/11/2007 5:24:00 AM)

    M, how do you manage to completely transform a mood with a few superbly-penned words? This is just lovely. And memorable and insightful and oh, oh, oh, yes, kind of thing. t x

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