Diabetes, by Danny Kemp.

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My legs won’t walk, my lungs can’t breathe.

Soon I’ll be crawling along on my knees.

My head is swimming, my eyes are weak.

I have no wish to try to speak.


My mouth is dry, my tongue is on fire.

I want to sleep. I have no other desire.

I wake ever hour with a need to pee,

But I must drink gallons of water. What’s happening to me?


I’m dizzy through lack of sleep,

I almost fall over, I’m now that weak.

My brain has slowed to a minute pace.

Thoughts of mine no longer can I trace.


Diabetes is an illness,

That’s debilitating and cruel.

It creeps up on you,

When you least expect it to!


© 2014, Danny Kemp. All rights reserved.

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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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6 Responses to Diabetes, by Danny Kemp.

  1. Diabetes and infections are serious. Take care of yourself!

  2. kcg1974 says:

    Danny, work with your doctor to keep in good control. So hard it is, I know. Your poem is right on target. Not fair in life. Be strong. Blessings to you.

  3. Take Care Of You Danny!! 🙂

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