The Confession Of Danny Kemp

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“This is your confession, your last chance to confess, of lives you have entered and with those that you’ve messed.

I can give you redemption, I can make everything good. Do you believe that it’s possible, and that I could?”

“That’s a ridiculous first question that you pose, because how can bad become good after what I disclose?”

“Hmm, let’s start at the beginning it’s a good place to start. Or will you argue with that, and drive us further apart?”

“No, I have no wish to make things worse. I’m ready to start our deep and meaningful converse.”

“That’s good, I’m pleased that you agree.

I was thinking that there might arise some more difficulty.

I will ignore your childhood, I’ll make allowances there.

You were rash at times but you tried to be fair.

Your adolescence deserves more of my disdain, 

There’s plenty there on which I could complain. 

But you are not here to be treated unfairly,

Nor are you here to make us both angry. 

We must search for the middle ground that we both can accept, 

That way neither of us will have a regret.

Now we come to what brings us together today. 

I need to discover your reasons for going astray.

You must examine your core and examine it well,

While I listen on and keep the score.

At the moment you’re down as minus eight.

I’m prepared to wipe that clean due to your lack of hate.

Now come my questions and I’ll keep them brief,

After all there’s little point in bestowing more grief.

Here comes my first, and perhaps the most relevant. 

I would be obliged if your answers were as simple and as coherent.

My final thoughts will be based on this.

My time is short,

There are more on my list.

What comes first as your most prominent sin,

Where would you wish to start to begin?”

“In order to start that which I must defend,

Allow me this opportunity to state that it was never my intention to offend.

Obviously I have, otherwise you would not have summoned me here.

As others simply pass through that gate marked; All Clear.

I have wronged much and this I cannot deny,

As to your rules I did not always comply.

The blame does not rest on others for my plight,

That would be stupid and plainly not right.

I tried to please all, that was my aim,

If that is so wrong then I accept the shame.

Pride, some could say, is my biggest offence

And to that charge I have no defence. 

But the biggest sin that at my door can be laid

Is that I tried to change from the person you’d made.” 

“You offer me nothing that I can see,

To persuade me to grant you leniency.

Here is my judgement; I find you at fault.

There’s no appeal, there is no higher court.

Take him away to another place and take that supercilious grin off his face.” 

Would you be found as guilty as I?

 

 

 

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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 although it’s true to say that he mainly concentrates on what he knows most about; murders laced by the intrigue involving spies, his diverse experience of life shows in the short stories he compiles both for adults and children. 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.
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4 Responses to The Confession Of Danny Kemp

  1. Genial! Absolut lebendig geschrieben. Macht Hunger auf mehr! Genial! Absolutely written alive. Power hungry for more!

  2. Danny Kemp says:

    Thank you Gabriele.

  3. Danny Kemp says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Kelly Anne Harrison.

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