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, ex-London police officer, mini-cab business owner, pub tenant and licensed London taxi driver never planned to be a writer, but after his first novel —The Desolate Garden — was under a paid option to become a $30 million film for five years until distribution became an insurmountable problem for the production company what else could he do? Nowadays he is a prolific storyteller and in May 2018 his book What Happened In Vienna, Jack? became 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 best; 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, been described as —the new Graham Green — by a managerial employee of Waterstones Books, for whom he did a countrywide tour of signing events, and he has appeared on ‘live' television in the UK.
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