No Mistake

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“I am heavy, I am tired,” said the old man to the child. “My life is drawing to an end. It is not what I have done to life that has brought me here today, but what life has done to me along the way.

I was strong, I was fierce. I took no-one to my side. Simply brushing them aside with no need of them.
Now I find that I’m alone, but don’t pity nor disown those memories that I’ve sown along the way.

My path was never straight, sometimes narrow, sometimes wide but along it, I did stride to find you here.
Now your life lies ahead and it’s your path that you must tread, but never worry which one you choose to take.

For I have reached that final bend the one that leads me to my end and now I leave you here to make your own way through this life.
Tread your path with care but always be aware, that there is no such thing in life as a mistake.”

© 2016, Danny Kemp.

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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 although it’s true to say that he mainly concentrates on what he knows most about; murders laced by the intrigue involving spies, his diverse experience of life shows in the short stories he compiles both for adults and children. 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.
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6 Responses to No Mistake

  1. I like this poem Danny, and I am right behind you. :o)

  2. Danny Kemp says:

    Thank you for that, Patricia.

  3. gippyhenry7 says:

    That is just beautiful and so heartfelt, Danny! It touches me so deeply. Thank you for sharing it and for all of your wonderful words you bring together in such insightful ways.

  4. Deep, touching and insightful! Loved reading!

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