People In London, by Danny Kemp


Vacant faces with no traces,

Of what’s happening inside.

Always rushing never slowing, 

To secret places they glide.

Voices shouting, ears not hearing,

Places sought to hide.

Men are digging, machines are hammering,

Sanity does collide.

City heaving, no one breathing.

No resting place to reside.

Rhythms of a city. Noises without pity.

Take me to the countryside!

© 2013, 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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2 Responses to People In London, by Danny Kemp

  1. chika2b says:

    Mr. Danny Kemp, glad to see you are still writing best of wishes on all your accomplishments and may you remain healthy. Writing is great medicine, it has been for me. Take care Cheers!!

  2. Danny Kemp says:

    Thank you, chicka2b. You take good care of yourself too.

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