Is To Wish To Be Wrong?

To not live alone and be apart

To welcome love and share a heart

To take a blow without complaint

To offer peace without constraint.

To be pure when morals scream

To only see the beauty in all you dream

To show compassion to those in need

To be content with no thought of greed.

To wish for nothing and ask for less

To live a life without duress

To offer silence in a raging storm

To be yourself and not conform.

To accept the pitfalls along your path

To smile and always be willing to laugh

To see the good where others see bad

To be happy and never be sad.

To be complete with love to spare

To live in colour where nothing’s bare

To encourage and abide

To be humble and not full of pride.

To wish that fear could always abate

To offer friendship and speak no hate

To stand straight and strong beside the weak

To give the innocent a chance to speak.

Perhaps these words come from misty-eyes

And most of the things have been tried

But sentiment or not I know this much is true

I wish for a future that is better than the life I now view.

© 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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12 Responses to Is To Wish To Be Wrong?

  1. A lovely poem, Daniel. It’ reads like a bedtime prayer with perfect rhythm, natural rhyme, and a poignant message. The ending is sad. Beautifully done.

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  3. Onisha Ellis says:

    My wishes for the future too, Danny.

  4. This poem is brilliant, Danny, quite profound.

  5. Daniel Kemp says:

    Hello Roberta, that’s kind of you. My English teacher would not recognise me from those comments.

  6. Smitha V says:

    A lovely poem. Sounds like a prayer that children should be made to say at school daily- as a reminder to do the right thing.

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