Payday Comes Once A Year! By Danny Kemp

Tomorrow is Remembrance Sunday in the UK. My contribution in tribute to the dead is cynical and repetitive, reflecting, I hope, war itself. The four ‘O’s’ in the last line are meant to represent…machine gun fire!


Millions costing pennies that paid dearly for their death.
Lives costing nothing to be thrown to rest.
Scattered parts of bodies that would have been left to lay.
With no lasting memory of the cost they did pay.

Red flows their blood and paints the poppies so bright.
Generations lost forever with no remembrance light.
Those that cared left grieving, was their cost to pay.
Over unforgotten hearts that could have been left to lay.

We salute the dead and pay homage to their cost.
But where now lies the soul of war as everyday more are lost.
The dead have no memory but it’s them that pay.
While the heart of man pays respect on only one obligatory day.

© 2014, Danny Kemp. All rights reserved.


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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2 Responses to Payday Comes Once A Year! By Danny Kemp

  1. Kev says:

    From the air, it looked like a river of blood. It made me think.

  2. Danny Kemp says:

    Shame it all had to be removed.

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