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J. Barrie Shepherd

J. Barrie Shepherd

J. Barrie Shepherd is an award-winning poet and an honorably retired PC(USA) pastor, the author of many books.

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On Turning Eighty-Nine

I've never ... been this old before, worn a body like this before, known a mind like this before, lived a life like this before, writes J. Barrie Shepherd.

The long view

An abundance of horizon draws our gaze, delineates our days here at our rock-fast retirement center at the shore. Well-seasoned eyes seem..


Those head bindings rolled and laid aside in a separate place, the way the sympathetic gardener gently calls her by her name,..


There comes a point, halfway between the ashes and the lilies, when you stop and ask yourself “Just how did I get..

Nativity play — A poem

Amid sheepish shepherds, embarrassed kings, awkward angels with their bent-coat-hanger wings – my most unforgettable character is the tender-hearted lad assigned to..