Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

! 'You Have A New Comment About Your Poem...' - Poem by Michael Shepherd

'What is the purpose of poetry? [Candidates
will be awarded up to 80% of the total marks
for this paper on the answer to
this question. Write on one side of the paper only
but with both frontal lobes;
hearts may be used in answers to this question.]'

After the two hours is up, hand in
a blank sheet; the examiner may sigh and smile.

Some sages say - those not affected
by some academic status to uphold -
(that pause, that look, which indicates,
it's not as simple as all that...) -
that it's the oldest-fashioned thing,
to melt the heart...

but today I'd say, well yes and no -
more like a key you turn and - whoosh! -
there cascades out, all that's in their heart,
all the vast all which they have to give;
and you stand aside, stunned and humble;
such a small key; such a vast world is there.

Comments about ! 'You Have A New Comment About Your Poem...' by Michael Shepherd

  • (11/4/2007 11:12:00 AM)

    One wonders whether the Druids had the same problem... Rgds, Ivan (Report) Reply

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  • (11/4/2007 10:29:00 AM)

    M......... Yes.

    'The heart may be used.'

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 4, 2007

Poem Edited: Friday, April 22, 2011

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