Clark-Hickling, a friend of mine

He fantasised about his suicide then mystified by those thoughts
He took a pencil, coloured all the squares and left all the noughts.

He ruminated then brooded then braided his hair,
Stared at the devil and accepted his dare.

The devil stated that he’d reinstated all the Angels back home,
So the man who had fantasised, the devil’s hair he did comb.

Looking into every Angel, every moral and every head,
Is not something for everyone; it’s best left to the dead!

© 2015, Danny Kemp. All rights reserved.


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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2 Responses to Clark-Hickling, a friend of mine

  1. Interesting as usual Danny. You certainly have a wonderful gift. You reminded me to be aware of the demon dressed in an angel’s cloak. :o)

  2. Danny Kemp says:

    I have just replied to another message you left and all can now do is repeat myself in your praise! Thank you for your sweet words.

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