St Valentine

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Do you celebrate St Valentine and the tradition of courtly love,

Or is your celebration not focused on spiritual things from above?

What do your senses speak of when faced with what thrills you?

I’ll list some of what are mine, there are only a few.


Awe and wonderment at Caravaggio’s talent at painted pain.

A choristers high pitch does exactly the same!

Mirella Freni as she breaks through that note.

Affects me deeply as I feel so remote.

The existence of tranquility in a place I’ve often been,

Reminds my conscience of beauty that’s all around but seldom seen.

The light, simple touch from the woman whom I so deeply adore

Awakens my sense of selfishness as I crave for nothing more!


However, you celebrate this day of a Saint

Celebrate love without inhibitions of shyness or restraint.

© 2016, Danny Kemp. All rights reserved

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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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