Rise Up!

 

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Rise Up!    Taken From Anything But Hackneyed, a collection of my early poems.

A chariot carrying ineptitude began the fray,

Slaughtering and killing all that stood in its way.

It came across intellect, and hacked off its head,

Leaving mediocrity to stand there instead.

Ineptitude travelled on, swallowing up the ground,

Always there was a vacant mind easily to be found.

It wedded indifference and the two became one, but there lay the weakness. 

They thought their work had been done.

Up rose conviction, screaming its battle song.

“Mediocrity and indifference are just so wrong!

Where is individuality? When did reasoning depart?

Rise up, join with me, and we will begin to make a start.

We will banish the ordinary, driving apathy away.

Engage again with excellence and we will win the day.”

The war still rages, as victory is incomplete.

It’s you and I that must face it, and fiercely with it compete.

We ourselves may not see the benefit of our tuition,

But fight these things we must, preventing its fruition.

Anything But Hackneyed.  Amazon.com

Anything But Hackneyed.  Amazon.co.uk

 

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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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