London TODAY

Yellow construction flashing lights. Flashing lights of blue.

Traffic poles on every corner glaring red at you.

Engines revving, fumes a spewing, screaming voices down a phone.

Nowadays there’s no place where one can truly be alone.

Atrocious parking, no one caring! Poisons pollute the air.

Ugly selfishness surrounding me everyday and everywhere!

London in chaos with bureaucrats holding each other’s hand.

What fools are we to think that City Hall might understand.

Politicians pockets bulging by spreading misery,

Londoners abandoned to wallow in agony.

Big Ben chimes in rhythm to the ever swallowing greed

Of people who have everything by ignoring those in need!

© 2016, 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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9 Responses to London TODAY

  1. Monochrome nightmares says:

    An excellent piece of writing.
    And now we have a new Prime minister!
    I don’t recall voting her in.
    Do you?

  2. We are in the same boat Danny. This world is coming to Hell in a Handbag. Geeeezzzzzz.

  3. Danny Kemp says:

    I’ve never heard that expression before, Patricia.

  4. Onisha Ellis says:

    The crazy thing is we keep voting in the corrupt scum.

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