Murder of Innocence.


I saw a young boy, no more than four years old, being playfully swung by his parents whilst they walked along the road. The pure fun and laughter on that boy’s face led me to write this.

Give me back the eyes of innocence and I would tell the tale

Of intended deeds of gallantry, then to you I could regale.

When I lived in times of purity before the living abused my mind.

And I left it abandoned, surrounded by its kind.

Those times lived but shortly, but in them there were sown.

The seeds of ambition which died before fully grown.

The life span of naivety melted before a flame,

Now it’s too late for them to ever shine again.

Life is the killer, never blushing as it kills.

All those smiling children who want to cure its ills.

Anything But Hackneyed. UK

Anything But Hackneyed. US


About Danny Kemp

I was at work one sunny November day in 2006, stopped at a red traffic light when a van, driven incompetently, smashed into me. I was taken to St Thomas' Hospital and kept in for a while, but it was not only the physical injuries that I suffered from; it was also mental ones. I had lost confidence in myself let alone those around me. The experts said that I had post-traumatic stress disorder, which I thought only the military or emergency personnel suffered from. On good days, I attempted to go to work, sometimes I even made it through Blackwell Tunnel only to hear, or see, something that made me jump out of my skin and that's when the anxiety attacks would start. I told my wife that I was okay and going regularly, but I wasn't. I could not cope with life and thought about ending it. Somehow or other with the help of my wife and medical professionals, I managed to survive and ever so slowly rebuild my self-esteem. It took almost four years to fully recover, but it was during those dark depressive days that I began to write. My very first story, Look Both Ways, Then Look Behind, found a literary agent but not a publisher. He told me that I had a talent, raw, but nevertheless, it was there. His advice was to write another story and that I'm delighted to say, I did. The success of that debut novel, The Desolate Garden, was down to sheer hard work, luck, and of course, meeting a film producer.
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2 Responses to Murder of Innocence.

  1. Dave Goodridge says:

    Absolutely fantastic, I wish I shared this kind of talent. All the best Misteridge

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