I came across a treasure chest, but it was not money I found within.

Instead there was a woman’s face, with a broad, welcoming grin.

Bemused I asked and enquired of her why she lay with such a smile,

And this is what she told to me while I stood, waiting for a while.


“I will encourage and comfort you along life’s meandering path.

I will be there when you cry, and I’ll be there when you laugh.

I will be your guardian angel on that you can depend.

I will be beside you from this day until your very end.

Some days you will question my loyalty, and also my intent,

But never will you find a reason for this day to lament.

Now close the lid and depart from me, go do what a man must do.

But before you leave you must promise me; to always believe in you!”


Some days my belief did falter, and doubt in my mind loomed large.

But in the back of my mind I remembered, that in MY life I am the one in charge.

If you have not found such benevolence, 

Nor come across such luck along your way,

Then please read my closing verse,

And take heed of the words I say.


Not always will you come across such a chest, 

And not always will her words be strictly true.

But always remember one thing my friend, 

There is NO ONE in this life as valuable as YOU!


© 2014, Danny Kemp. All rights reserved.



About Daniel Kemp

Daniel Kemp’s introduction to the world of espionage and mystery happened at an early age when his father was employed by the War Office in Whitehall, London, at the end of WWII. However, it wasn’t until after his father died that he showed any interest in anything other than himself! On leaving academia he took on many roles in his working life: a London police officer, mini-cab business owner, pub tenant and licensed London taxi driver, but never did he plan to become a writer. Nevertheless, after a road traffic accident left him suffering from PTSD and effectively—out of paid work for four years, he wrote and self-published his first novel —The Desolate Garden. Within three months of publication, that book was under a paid option to become a $30 million film. The option lasted for five years until distribution became an insurmountable problem for the production company. All seven of his novels are now published by Creativia with the seventh—The Widow’s Son, completing a three book series alongside: What Happened In Vienna, Jack? and Once I Was A Soldier. Under the Creativia publishing banner, The Desolate Garden went on to become a bestselling novel in World and Russian Literature in 2017. The following year, in May 2018, his book What Happened In Vienna, Jack? was a number one bestseller on four separate Amazon sites: America, UK, Canada, and Australia.  Although it's true to say that he mainly concentrates on what he knows most about; murders laced by the mystery involving spies, his diverse experience of life shows in the short stories he writes, namely: Why? A Complicated Love, and the intriguing story titled The Story That Had No Beginning. He is the recipient of rave reviews from a prestigious Manhattan publication and described as—the new Graham Green—by a highly placed employee of Waterstones Books, for whom he did a countrywide tour of book signing events. He has also appeared on 'live' television in the UK publicising that first novel of his. He continues to write novels, poetry and the occasional quote; this one is taken from the beginning of Once I Was A Soldier There is no morality to be found in evil. But to recognise that which is truly evil one must forget the rules of morality.
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