The Gold Star, by Danny Kemp.

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For The Young Ones, OR, The Young At Heart.


In the shadowy depths beneath the trees,

Lived a badger known as ‘Please.’


He was so polite that his elders did say,

“He deserves a Gold Star for being that way.”


The Star was hung around his neck,

And there it bounced as a huge glowing speck.


But even though it didn’t prick his skin,

He tied it tighter under his chin!


He held his head high to show-off his prize

So all could feast their greedy eyes.


He was proud, was Please, and told everyone so,

With such politeness that they did glow.


Friends were told and they gathered around,

Just to hear such an enjoyable sound.


He was good was Please, growing tall and strong,

Always with politeness leading him along.


For years that Star was worn with pride,

Shining from his black and white hide.


Let politeness be your own shining Star,

Then others will see how wonderful you are!


© 2014, Danny Kemp. All rights reserved.

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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 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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