Can you remember the words that were spoken,
or the words in the song,
listing all the things we’d done wrong?

Did the world collide, did it end?
Did the nuclear bomb send us all around the bend?
Or are we still here making a mess,
never having learned, what was best?

Did we really just flit past
without even making a draught?

* * *

Are the children of today better than us?
Will they use the new words like environmental,
as they climb over our …. and twist an ankle?

There is nothing as dangerous as a democracy
when the government can’t afford to be
because all are poor and living in poverty.

Save the earth for what?
Well, first you will have to remember
Everything we forgot!

If there’s a God floating high on a cloud
I doubt very much He’s feeling proud?
And if I’m right and He feels no pride,
Then there’s no point in me trying to hide.


© 2022 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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2 Responses to Pride

  1. Hi Danny, a powerful poem. These words: There is nothing as dangerous as a democracy
    when the government can’t afford to be
    because all are poor and living in poverty? are very true and few people realise how dangerous this situation is.

  2. Daniel Kemp says:

    That’s a kind thing to say and it’s something I believe.

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