A Contrasting Life


A bright shining moon in a tomb coloured sky.

Contrasts we see as the years slip by.

Winters that are warm, summers that are cold,

These and many more things we see as we get old.

December is finishing, it’s almost the end of another year.

There are many reasons to remember what got us through to here.

Loved ones that are passed, others that survive.

Give respect to the dead, but live your life for those alive.

Christmas is a time for the bad to put far away,

Memories of those can be visited on any other day.

It comes but once a year and then it fades from our view.

May my Christmas message of love remain with one and all of you.

From my family to yours; have a great time of year!

© 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 A Contrasting Life

  1. Leave it to you Danny to find just the right words to make us all feel good. Beautifully said and so true. Happy Christmas and New Year to you and yours. Celebrate!

  2. Danny Kemp says:

    Thank you, Patricia, and a happy one to you and yours. My wife and I thank you for your card. It arrived yesterday!

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