The Game

It’s not about how one plays the game.

It’s not about the taking part, stiff upper lip, wipe your mouth and walk away.

It’s only about winning and counting the bruises that mark the body at the end.

The more scars, the harder the battle! The deeper the smile the sweeter the taste of victory!

Let those who wish to participate for glory’s sake, or to see their name written in lights, quake on mention of your name.

Let those who played ‘well’ with their misplaced sense of honour intact, bury their pride in the very mud your boots churned over and spat over virgin blades.

It’s not ‘play up, play up and play the game’ it’s cut and blood, aching bones, heaving lungs and proud pain!


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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6 Responses to The Game

  1. vondanorwood says:

    Motivated, baby!!! 😀

  2. Danny Kemp says:

    I will but only if we win and win well! 🙂

  3. vondanorwood says:

    Gooooooooo Sc-England! 😀

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