A New Beginning, by Danny Kemp


In these days of winter, when the frost lays thick and fast,

Does your mind drift unto memories that happened in your past?

Were they ones of happiness, did they make you glad?

Or are there lingering ones that bring memories of being sad?

As the year draws to an end, and a new one grows ever near,

Hold close those dearest memories keeping them strong and ever clear.

Cast away the demons that held you back from being you,

Then 2015 will be an ever better year for your memories to travel through!

© 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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4 Responses to A New Beginning, by Danny Kemp

  1. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Your poem of the New Year is spot on. You do have a wonderful way with words Danny. You can lift a person’s spirit and make them look forward to the tomorrows. Thank you. A very Happy New Year to you and yours. :o)

  2. Danny Kemp says:

    As always you are so kind, Patricia. I wish you all what you hope for yourself in the coming year.

  3. Kev says:

    Have a great New Year, Danny!

  4. Danny Kemp says:

    The very same to you, Kev.

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