Whilst I slept

Whilst I Slept

Whilst I slept I dreamt of a place,
Where the only words spoken were of forgiveness and grace.
A calmness overtook me, pervading all thought,
I slept deeper, and with more determination that place I sought.

An unfathomable scene was beginning to unfold,
When all of a sudden my body shivered in an unfamiliar cold.
Just at that moment when all started to become clear,
I awoke with a shuddering, my eyes awash with a tear.

What had been shown to me, in that window of time,
Was a glimpse of a Heaven that can never be mine.
This place exists. That I believe to be true.
The gates will not open for me but they may for you.

© 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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12 Responses to Whilst I slept

  1. Shabeeh says:

    Excellent write

  2. delphini510 says:

    Beautifully written, Daniel. From the peaceful and loving first stanza you throw us into fear and sadness in the second.
    Why should the gates not open for you?


  3. Again, your poem is like a wave. Stirring at first, then lifting me and I think I can see far, I know it all, only to throw me in the depth of sadness in the end.

    I do hope that gate (such as I perceived it) will remain shut.

    Happy New Year, Daniel!

  4. Daniel Kemp says:

    You are very kind, Patricia, and I wish you the same.

  5. A poignant poem, Danny. I hope you are well and had your vaccination as planned.

    • Daniel Kemp says:

      Yes, I had my first inoculation on Wednesday, I think it was. Thanks for stopping and adding a comment, Robbie.

  6. A thought provoking poem Danny. Let’s hope it is a long time before you reach the pearly gates! All the best, Marje

  7. Kelly Curtis says:

    Very nice Daniel! Take care and thank you for following.

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