The Butcher, by Danny Kemp

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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’s introduction to the world of espionage and mystery happened at an early age when his father was employed by the War Office in Whitehall, London, at the end of WWII. However, it wasn’t until after his father died that he showed any interest in anything other than himself! On leaving academia he took on many roles in his working life: a London police officer, mini-cab business owner, pub tenant and licensed London taxi driver, but never did he plan to become a writer. Nevertheless, after a road traffic accident left him suffering from PTSD and effectively—out of paid work for four years, he wrote and self-published his first novel —The Desolate Garden. Within three months of publication, that book was under a paid option to become a $30 million film. The option lasted for five years until distribution became an insurmountable problem for the production company. All seven of his novels are now published by Creativia with the seventh—The Widow’s Son, completing a three book series alongside: What Happened In Vienna, Jack? and Once I Was A Soldier. Under the Creativia publishing banner, The Desolate Garden went on to become a bestselling novel in World and Russian Literature in 2017. The following year, in May 2018, his book What Happened In Vienna, Jack? was 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 most about; 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 and described as—the new Graham Green—by a highly placed employee of Waterstones Books, for whom he did a countrywide tour of book signing events. He has also appeared on 'live' television in the UK publicising that first novel of his. He continues to write novels, poetry and the occasional quote; this one is taken from the beginning of Once I Was A Soldier There is no morality to be found in evil. But to recognise that which is truly evil one must forget the rules of morality.
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