The Butcher, by Danny Kemp


As the butcher comes to cut off your tail,

Do you believe the politicians who spin you a tale,

Or the newspapers that are full of lies,

Or big business as your trust they buy.


As the butcher comes to cut off your tail

Do you examine the threat in every detail?

Or do you accept the peril as it appears,

Simply waiting in a corner full of tears?


As the butcher comes to cut off your tail

Do you smell the terror and inwardly inhale?

Can you taste it as if you’re sucking a sweet,

But it’s bitter and sour; too unpleasant to eat?


As the butcher comes axe in hand

And you’re tired as if you’ve been running through sand

Who is there to turn to in your distress

After all, it was none of your making any of this mess.


Who is this butcher who comes for your tail

And what does his threat fully entail?

Could it be you in another’s disguise

As all truth lies dying; it’s been crucified!


© 2015, 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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