Give me something of what I need
Give me a reason to stay awake
Give me the love that I gave to you
Give me rage till my body does ache
Show me the scars and tell me why
Show me the memory of that pain
Show me the love that you gave
Show me the feeling when that man was slain
Ask me if it’s true what I have told you
Ask me how many times I told you a lie
Ask me if I knew the difference
Ask me if what I told you I would now deny
Tell me why you are so angry
Tell me why you never believed
Tell me why you never left him
Tell me why you were so easily deceived
When did you lose your faith
When did you first feel lost
When did you first feel alone
When did you draw a line at the cost
Why was it we met too late
Why was it we could never be
Why was it we were left behind
Why was it you could never see?
© 2020, 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--- https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/list/72612151 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.
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Yes, that’s how it was meant to read. Thanks for seeing and understanding that, Beth 🙂
I love the haunting rhythm you created here. Underlines the final questions.
Sad, but crafty.
I like the word -crafty. My father once accused me of being devious, which I quite liked. I guess crafty is virtually the same. Perhaps you’re right, Patricia.
Thank you 🙂
Powerful prose Danny. A haunting, yet beautifully written read. 🙂
That’s very kind of you. Thank you! 🙂
This is very sad, Danny. People make terrible mistakes in their lives and often through circumstances rather than real choice.
Death is a leveller that can flatten memories and turn a lie into a truth. Someone once wrote that a lie will travel quicker than the truth. That’s so right.
Sad and haunting.
Thanks for reading it, Onisha 🙂
A brilliant, thought provoking and heartfelt poem, Daniel.
That’s a very kind thing to say and thank you for taking the time to read it and leave a comment. 🙂