The Real Sting

There were no shadows in the dark as the day passed into night.
It’s only in my recollections that I can tell wrong from right.
But I do know that echoes of illusions give stories of their own,
And the past of one’s life is the only thing that’s known.

The contours of life corrode slowly inside my memory banks
Only with pain can I fill those aching unfilled blanks.
But the shadows of illusions can never be really owned
And the wrongs of the past can never be condoned.

As the blackbird passes its memories to the phantoms of the dark
And there’s no more room inside one’s body for another bloodstained mark,
So the comfort found in illusions become the only place to survive
Because the real sting of death is only found when one’s alive.

© 2019 Daniel Kemp All rights reserved

About Daniel Kemp

Daniel Kemp’s introduction to the world of espionage and mystery happened at an early age when his father was employed by the War Office in Whitehall, London, at the end of WWII. However, it wasn’t until after his father died that he showed any interest in anything other than himself! On leaving academia he took on many roles in his working life: a London police officer, mini-cab business owner, pub tenant and licensed London taxi driver, but never did he plan to become a writer. Nevertheless, after a road traffic accident left him suffering from PTSD and effectively—out of paid work for four years, he wrote and self-published his first novel —The Desolate Garden. Within three months of publication, that book was under a paid option to become a $30 million film. The option lasted for five years until distribution became an insurmountable problem for the production company. All seven of his novels are now published by Creativia with the seventh—The Widow’s Son, completing a three book series alongside: What Happened In Vienna, Jack? and Once I Was A Soldier. Under the Creativia publishing banner, The Desolate Garden went on to become a bestselling novel in World and Russian Literature in 2017. The following year, in May 2018, his book What Happened In Vienna, Jack? was a number one bestseller on four separate Amazon sites: America, UK, Canada, and Australia.  Although it's true to say that he mainly concentrates on what he knows most about; murders laced by the mystery involving spies, his diverse experience of life shows in the short stories he writes, namely: Why? A Complicated Love, and the intriguing story titled The Story That Had No Beginning. He is the recipient of rave reviews from a prestigious Manhattan publication and described as—the new Graham Green—by a highly placed employee of Waterstones Books, for whom he did a countrywide tour of book signing events. He has also appeared on 'live' television in the UK publicising that first novel of his. He continues to write novels, poetry and the occasional quote; this one is taken from the beginning of Once I Was A Soldier There is no morality to be found in evil. But to recognise that which is truly evil one must forget the rules of morality.
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3 Responses to The Real Sting

  1. gippyhenry7 says:

    Wow, that is so powerful what you put on her today, February 8, 2019! You are such a deep person and what you write is just mind-blowing in my opinion. I look forward to all you do. You are an extraordinary poet for sure, Daniel. I have been following you for a long time and I also admire that in the world of what structure they call poetry these days (I’m not sure), you still produce ‘rhymes’ which have been and always will be my favorite. Thank you for more visual beauty from your words! I must read it again and share it. Best, Gippy Adams Henry

  2. Daniel Kemp says:

    Well, that was just lovely to read, Gippy, thank you so much for taking the time to write it.

    • gippyhenry7 says:

      You are gracious, but it was my pleasure to acknowledge your great talent in that way. I look forward to more, Daniel.

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