THE HORSEMAN OF HALLOWEEN, by Danny Kemp

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THE HORSEMAN!

The fat lady sings, the opera is complete.
She’s off to a restaurant, a friend to meet.

Outside the theatre the crowd are mingling.
Somewhere in the distance she hears someone singing.

As she approaches, there’s a terrible scream.
It’s then she remembers it’s the night of Halloween.

She tries to run, but her legs won’t move.
There’s an old memory she cannot remove!

It was on this night many arias ago,
A night that was cold, dark and covered in snow.

She saw that vision in ghostly drab,
Run from a body that had been stabbed.

It was her, from a scene, that was about to be sung
Il Cavaliere Rusticana had just begun.

The violins struck up, but she forgot her lines,
Don’t let tonight deliver anything so unkind……… Beware The Horseman!

© 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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3 Responses to THE HORSEMAN OF HALLOWEEN, by Danny Kemp

  1. Reblogged this on krhughestlburns and commented:
    Excellent for Halloween!

  2. Maybe if she gave him a treat, it would help. :o) Great poem for Halloween Danny.

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