Don’t Go Outside

There are ghosts fast come approaching
I saw them ducking through the dark.
Their eyes were hollow, still, and frightening.
The look on their face was grey and stark.

I heard a voice croaking and wheezing
As blood dripped from a severed head.
Whilst the body I saw kneeling,
But I wasn’t sure if it was dead!

The ghosts gathered by the bells that were ringing.
Curses were uttered to the cloud-covered sky.
A cauldron was lit and three ghosts started stirring,
But then the moon burst through and exposed the lie.

The milk was in the cupboard.
The toaster was in the hall.
The butter was in the garden shed
And as for the bread—I couldn’t recall.

I’d had an old person’s moment
When things go up the spout.
I think I should stay at home today
As I’ll get lost if I go out….. Boom, Boom

© 2019 Daniel Kemp All rights reserved

About Daniel Kemp

Daniel Kemp is a seventy-four-year-old member of The Society of Authors. He is also a bestselling writer. He writes stories that appeal to those who like challenging themselves to solve mysteries that are set out before their eyes. His 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 incident 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 six years until distribution became an insurmountable problem for the production company. All ten of his novels are now published by Next Chapter Publishing Company which has added an edition titled The Heirs And Descendants Collection, which holds all four books of that series, alongside an edition titled The Lies And Consequences Collection which contains all four volumes of that series. He is the recipient of rave reviews from a prestigious Manhattan publication and described as—the new Graham Green—by a highly placed executive 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 his first novel. He likes to write quotes and it's on Goodreads where you can find them--- An example of these quotes opens his novel--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. Less
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4 Responses to Don’t Go Outside

  1. Well done, Danny, that was a most unexpected twist at the end of this poem.

  2. Daniel Kemp says:

    I’m pleased you liked my humour, Roberta. 🙂

  3. Onisha Ellis says:

    I’m reading a series of novels, The Irish Doctor. When his patients become with child, they say they are up the spout. I am assuming the phrase means something else in England?

  4. Daniel Kemp says:

    No, normally–up the spout, means being pregnant, but it can mean anything that’s gone wrong, Onisha. ie the buses were all up the spout today!

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