The Man Nobody Could Mend

The Man Nobody Could Mend

From the days that lasted forever
To the nights he begged would end.
From the boy who never worried,
To the man that nobody could mend.

After the memories all collided
They gathered in the corners of the mind.
No sense they made in the darkness
Leaving the soldier unassigned.

It left only one avenue open
It’s a matter of honour you understand.
That those trained to take a life
Treat it like waves washing over the sand.

Only God can count the grains of sand.
And it’s He who can count the dead.
But His eyes are shut and His ears are closed,
To the gun that’s echoing inside my head.


One bullet in the chamber

Five clicks of the trigger were heard.

Death waiting inside a barrel

The gun jammed; life is so absurd!


© 2020, 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 Man Nobody Could Mend

  1. Daniel Kemp says:

    Is that a good– Oh— or a bad one, Beth?

  2. Onisha Ellis says:

    It seems God’s eyes were not turned nor His ears closed after all.

  3. Daniel Kemp says:

    I can’t tell you how many times I read that—– Thank you for your eyes. 🙂

  4. dgkaye says:

    That is some moving poetry Danny. 🙂

  5. Daniel Kemp says:

    And that is very kind of you to say, Debby. Thank you! 🙂

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