The Higher Road.


The Higher Road.

I should have taken the higher road,

Than wading through the mire.

Which was of course the longer way,

And it’s vicious pleasures were my desire.

The dross, the grim, the wickedness,

Drew blood from deep within.

If I had taken the higher road,

Then I wouldn’t have loitered with such sin.

I’m wanton, I’m evil,

I’m weak flesh and bone.

If I’d taken the higher road,

By now I would be safe, and at home!

But I’m a sinner, I’m vile,

And I cannot relent.

If I’d had taken the higher road,

There’d be nothing to repent.

The higher road maybe lonely,

You may have to walk it alone.

At least you won’t have to carry

The sins you will have sown!

© 2014, Danny Kemp. All rights reserved.




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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5 Responses to The Higher Road.

  1. Seyi sandra says:

    Powerful and poignant at the same time Danny! 🙂

  2. Danny Kemp says:

    Thank you, Seyi.

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  4. Fantastic write 😀

  5. Danny Kemp says:

    Thank you, Susan.

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