The Kiss


Lilac walls and pink settees
Hexagon tables with cups of tea
Ritzy people righting the wrong
A pianist playing whilst singing a song

Glasses clicking under corks that pop
Laughter and kisses painting the backdrop
A woman in love, it’s in her eyes
As a married man is telling her lies.

A band strikes up, a guitar plucks away
The restaurant is filling this middle of the day
It’s the place to cavort, it’s the place to be seen
It’s the place where anyone who’s anyone has certainly been.

The married man is checking his phone
By the look on his face, it’s a call from home.
He makes his excuses, she’s lost, no words to say.
He pays the bill then rushes away.

She’s awkwardly enmeshed in the gathering stares
Onlookers looking for signs of despairs.
She takes her bag and coat too fast
A glass falls from a table as she brushes past

She reaches the street, calm to a degree.
The anger hits hard—‘How dare he leave me!
That was his wife on the phone and he chose to go
I’ll not wait for him. It will be me who delivers the final blow.

I did not see how this affair came to end
But I heard a rumour that night from a friend
She said she knew a woman who’d been slighted that day
In a restaurant, I used as a hideaway.

The woman had murdered the man then killed his wife
She was charged with murder and looking at life
Then she’d hanged herself in disgrace
The newspapers reported the affair was commonplace.

I put a different take on this scene
To me, life is nothing but obscene
But if falling in love is what you wish
You can’t hide the reality behind a kiss.

© 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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6 Responses to The Kiss

  1. This is a very revealing poem, Danny. There is a lot of truth about relationships and life included here.

  2. Daniel Kemp says:

    I spent a lifetime watching people and sometimes I was right about them.

  3. The dark side of love Danny and you cannot escape from a woman scorned.. loved it..

  4. Daniel Kemp says:

    Thank you, Sally 🙂

  5. markbierman says:

    Well done! You made that scene come alive!

  6. Daniel Kemp says:

    That’s very kind of you to say, Mark. 🙂

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