A Tale Of Two Hearts

I smiled but she never smiled with me.
I laughed but only saw her tear.
I spoke but she never heard what I was saying.
I felt pain from the crushing sense of fear.

She asked if I was leaving?
I replied—what else could I do?
She said she never meant to do it.
I replied—Is there anything you’ve said that was true?

We made peace and joined together.
We were one for a year or more.
But the barrier grew stronger and wider.
Until at last neither of us was sure.

Death saw a permanent separation.
Leaving my conscience to wonder why.
Did life ever hold an answer,
Or was love always destined to die?

© 2018, Daniel Kemp All rights reserved

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Along The Way

I read a poem about a path tonight and it reminded me of one of the first things I ever wrote—-I hope you like it.

Along The Way

“I am heavy, I am tired,” said the old man to the child.
“My life is drawing to an end.
It is not what I have done to life that has brought me here today, but what life has done to me along the way.

I was strong, I was fierce, I took no-one to my side, simply brushing them aside with no need for them.
Now I find that I’m alone, but don’t pity nor disown those memories that I’ve sown, along the way.

My path was never straight, sometimes narrow, sometimes wide but along it I did stride to find you here.
Now stand you tall, never cry, have no tear in an eye as you hear what I have done along my way.

I have reached that final bend, the one that leads me to my end, and now I leave you here to make your own way through this life.
Tread your path with care, and always be aware that there is no such thing in life, as a mistake.”

© 2012, Danny Kemp. All rights reserved.

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Meaningless Words

When you read the final word that was written
And the last song of the day is sung
Don’t ask where is the freedom
That was fought for by the young.

Look and see where it lays dying
In rotting heaps on any street
As the numbers keep on building
And the dead make plans to meet.

Words spoken by the righteous
Once a year in memory
Will not save the poor from dying
Nor open the door and set them free.

If minds were joined in union
And the word peace was set in stone
Then maybe man could find an answer
And a way forward could be shown.

But if peace was the prize for humanity
And the guns of destruction fired no more
Then another reason would need to be invented
To fight another war!

© 2018 Daniel Kemp All rights reserved

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Selfish Pursuits

There was a dying man on the ground with his eyes to the sky.
His wife knelt beside him with tears of sorrow ready to cry.
Time had travelled past them eroding away their roots,
As mankind was absorbed in purely selfish pursuits.

An old woman now stands alone unable to carry on.
A radio blasts from a car with a deafening song.
Never ending traffic take the breath from her lungs,
As children run past with foul swearing tongues.

Another age has just died and past backward into time.
A newer one pushes forward eager to be the first in line.
Old values are abandoned along with old-fashioned truths,
As mankind is absorbed in purely selfish pursuits.

© 2018 Daniel Kemp All rights reserved

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The Story That Had No Beginning by Daniel Kemp #BookReview @danielkemp6

My train of thoughts on...

The Story That Had No Beginning
by Daniel Kemp

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)

(by Amazon)

Alicia Collinson and her partner, Sir Giles Milton QC have a dinner party to host in the Chelsea home they share, but they are unaware of an extra guest; the ghost of Alicia’s dead twin brother. Alicia poses a surprising question to Sir Giles and their guests:—“Do you think lying is endemic in society today?”

They all have different answers based on their experiences, but what was the purpose of her question and how did her brother die?

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction > British & Irish
> Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Literary
Series: n.a.
Length: 158 pages
Release date: 2018-05-04

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The Flowers of Poppies Worn in Splendour

My humble contribution to Remembrance Day

Some gave their life for a kingdom.
Some died without a voice.
Somewhere was a voice in the wilderness,
But it was not a wilderness of choice.

There is no freedom on a battlefield,
And battles are not fought with dreams.
Minefields are full of nightmares.
Nightmares are full of screams.

Weapons are for a purpose,
That purpose can be a crime.
Some crime goes without punishment,
But the punishment was not mine.

Suffering can become a kingdom,
A kingdom lived in the dark.
The dark is full of shadows,
Where blood leaves its mark.

The flowers of poppies worn in splendour
Paying tribute to the dead.
Peace is what they all died for
But that word still needs to be spread.

© 2018 Daniel Kemp All rights reserved


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Time to Viking Up!

From a very good friend of mine.

A Journey thru Words

Viking shipNORSE HEARTS IS IN PRINT ON AMAZON! Ebook to be released 11-23-2018

The biggest item in my Bucket List is done! Since the first time I read a romance book, I desired to write a historical romance about Vikings.  I have always been fascinated by this culture that burst upon the world in the 800’s. Their tenacity to survive, their code of honor and their impact on the world created a respect that resonates with me.
The original story and characters that I have lived with for so many years surprised me when I finally had the time to sit down and write. I realized that the prologue, which described a scene about their parents, was actually a story unto itself. I’m not sure you start a series with the last story first, but that’s what happened, This is the beginning of actually five stories now. Each one related, but…

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A Blog Review of Why? A Complicated Love


Why A Complicated Love
by Daniel Kemp
My rating: 4.5 stars
Publisher: Creativia; 1 edition (February 24, 2014)
Publication Date: February 24, 2014
Genre: Suspense
Print Length: 87 pages
Available from: Amazon
Why? Is a story set in a web of despair, sex, unreachable emotion and love.
One man’s crippling injuries, caused by an unprovoked, vicious attack, ruins the lives of everyone around him. This includes Terry Meadows, a nineteen-year-old boy who falls in love with the main character’s daughter Laura, twenty-seven years before the opening of the story.
The twisted, interconnecting matrix in which Francis, Laura’s father, lives, destroys and distorts his daughter’s image of life beyond repair. It is a sad tragedy with an unexpected ending.
Why? A Complicated Love by Daniel Kemp

Why A Complicated LoveNineteen-year-old Terry thought it was his lucky night when a beautiful, older woman took him home for a night of uncomplicated sex. He hadn’t expected to meet Sammy’s daughter, Laura or to feel something akin to love at first sight.

Terry also hadn’t planned on the twisted control and domination of Laura’s father, a man whose poisoned mind and crippled body would dictate Terry’s future, with the caveat he was NOT to touch Laura. Welcome to the dark world of Daniel Kemp’s gritty and dark romantic tale, WHY? A COMPLICATED LOVE, a story spanning decades and fated to end tragically, yet fittingly in so many ways.

Daniel Kemp doesn’t shy away from raw details or human flaws and weaknesses. He also doesn’t apologize for making his readers uncomfortable or for the shock value he creates as we are left shaking our heads at how these events could have played out this way. Mr. Kemp is a master at storytelling for adults.

Short, but intense, WHY? is one of those reads that will stick in your head as you toy with “why” it had to end this way or so soon…



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