The Bells of Life, by Danny Kemp



In the near distance a church bell rings,

The same nightly tune before the chorister starts the hymns,

The church stands for tradition and for what some believe.

The bell signals a place of peace, where one can grieve.

Religion and beliefs give solace to some.

For other’s it’s insurance for when the fatal day does come.

Life changes are not only restricted to when one is dead.

Paths that are lived can be twisted, then down new ones one is led.

Each twist can feel like death from endless slashes of a knife

Whilst down others, there are opportunities to begin a new life.

As the solitary bell now strikes its dulcet ring,

Are you walking the path of your own choosing?

© 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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4 Responses to The Bells of Life, by Danny Kemp

  1. chika2b says:

    in the path of our own choosing
    no longer blind, deaf, dead nor loosing
    we find solace to be company
    and some company as solace
    for in this life that we are given
    if go step 1-2, be driven
    all the darkness once alive
    fades accordingly, survive
    and when we choose to leave the rumble
    we indeed breath, live, perceive I must be humble
    for another chance is given
    to achieve and remain driven
    a fate few will ever deal
    and for us writers and poets, it becomes thankfully real

  2. Danny Kemp says:

    Very good, Chika!

  3. janetcate says:

    Great. I am happy to say I am choosing my path now and it feels empowering.

  4. Danny Kemp says:

    I’m pleased that you’ve found it, Janet.

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