A Discourse Of One

I guess there comes a point in a great many people’s lives when enough is enough. To give up is not only a way out, but a very attractive option.

That may arise in an important area such as a relationship or, a relatively minor one; a hobby.

It could come about on a car journey. Having taken a few too many wrong turns, the will to carry on is also lost.

That experience could apply to life itself!


As knocks come a plenty in a life that’s been led to the full.

Could one knock be too many for a man who has been a fool.


The reality of failure can and often does exceed the memory of success.

Would it be correct to say that only death can put bad memories to rest?


If one has ridden the turbulent waves of life and survived,

Would not the memories of those successes override all doubts when revived.


To reason or to debate with oneself is pointless yet it is oneself that lives the indecision.

Memories should be censored and prescribed as a controlled hallucinating ration.

© 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.
This entry was posted in Author/Writer, Raconteur and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to A Discourse Of One

  1. vondanorwood says:

    I like this very much. 😀

  2. janetcate says:

    Thanks, your piece is making me think.

  3. Danny Kemp says:

    Thanks, Vonda.

  4. Danny Kemp says:

    I hope it doesn’t make you think too hard, Janet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s