Mr Wallace had a sister who was very different than him

Where he was short and fat, she was tall and slim!

But the differences did not just stop there. Oh no, there were more.

Where he was slightly diffident she was confidently sure.

They went to the pub one night to have a drink or two.

There was a quiz going on so they stayed for quite a few!

They won the prize that night and went home to bed,

But in the morning the maid found one; laid out dead!

Mr Wallace was dead in his bedroom,

But the prize and his sister were gone.

She was last seen on a boat

Sailing on the Amazon!

Now the reason behind his murder was the prize of which I’ve not told

It was the millionth copy of The Desolate Garden that Danny Kemp had sold!

I wish!

© 2016, Danny Kemp.


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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3 Responses to For-A-Laugh

  1. I don’t believe ‘The Desolate Garden’ hasn’t sold a million copies yet. I know it will Danny. :o)

  2. Onisha Ellis says:

    You have so much talent, Danny!

  3. daniel kemp says:

    Thank you, Patricia, and thank you too, Onisha! You are both very kind.

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