caught in amber


(Inspired by  ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’  by John Keats )

The Poet, like a warrior, guards against the erosion of years.

Capturing a moment with sweet rhyme or flowing verse,

A perverse need to imprison Time.  The Poet’s curse,

To bleed thought and feeling without end or send us

To the madness of mindless nothing.

Unfading and unchanging view sketched in the ink of immortality,

Cheating the finality of death and age.

The thought, the rhyme, like some prehistoric fern caught

Upon an amber page, remains for our understanding.

From our souls we endow

A Precious gift of  then

Preserved for the endless now.

© Susan E Birch  –  2013



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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