Three In Grief, But Only Two Cried


An event I attended as a London police officer.


The brown bark of an oak tree hid the intent,

Of gunman, gun, and their shared contempt.

A soldier home on leave had heard the gossip,

Of his wife now living as an immoral trollop.

Stinging, words of betrayal and love flown elsewhere.

No need for any secret document on which to swear.

Two barrels, two shells crashed through her head.

He just stood there, blaming the dead.

The forgotten child screamed in pain,

At his mother’s death and his father’s shame!

Tears fell on an unkind ground,

Silently running away without a caring sound.

No angels sang that day

Nor any amounts of “sorry!” made the memory vanish away.

Father in hell,

Son as well.

© 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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