Don’t Label Me With A Name

Don’t label me with a name.

Don’t label me by colour.

I am me,

I am no other.

Don’t foster on me your bigotry,

Nor peddle me your deception.

I’ll live my life as it pleases me,

Through my own perception.

My life has been surrounded

by sycophants like you,

With words full of nothingness

Thinking they will do.

Never can you fill my mind

With hatred and detestation.

I will live it in my way,

With steadfast determination.

Take your petty criticism and

Take away your disdain.

Live your life removed from me

As I quickly forget your name.

© 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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2 Responses to Don’t Label Me With A Name

  1. I love this one Danny, your wit amazes me. I don’t know how you are not a millionaire already. :o)

  2. daniel kemp says:

    But if I was Patricia, would I be writing poetry and books trying to amaze you, or, out on the town dancing? LOLOLOL

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