Never Make a Promise You Cannot Keep. By Danny Kemp


Never Make a Promise You Cannot Keep.

“Everything is everything,” she said to me, as she balanced on a low bough of a chestnut tree.

“What!” said I in total surprise. Gazing quizzically into her bright green eyes.

“Well, if it’s not then what’s the point, of saying something that’s plainly not true and not right?”

“But you’re the one who said it, it was not I. What puzzles me is that I cannot think of any reason or think why!

There we were, walking side by side, watching the day end as the sun lowered and died,

When suddenly you stopped, mounted this tree, and began to speak so mysteriously.”

“You promised me everything. Those were the words you spoke. But I know that you have nothing and you’re stoney broke.

You should never make a promise that you cannot keep. It will only end in pain and could make that person weep.

All you can do is promise what you possess, your love, your trust and your truthfulness. You can keep all the other……worthlessness!”

© 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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2 Responses to Never Make a Promise You Cannot Keep. By Danny Kemp

  1. Danny Kemp says:

    Thank you for that, Frank. Very much appreciated!

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