Meaningless Words

If you read the final words that are ever written

And you hear the last song as it’s sung

Why do you ask me what happened to freedom

That was fought for when we were very young?

Look around and see where lay the dying

In their rotting layers found under your feet.

It was because the bodies kept on mounting

As the politicians only made more plans to meet.

Words were spoken by the righteous

Many times and most intellectually,

But words never save the poor from dying

Nor open any grave and set them free.

Why not ask if minds had been joined in a union

And the word peace carved with blood into stone

Then could man have found an answer

Instead of finding more reasons to postpone

But was real peace ever looked for by humanity?

When money was being earned by guns firing all the more.

Just think of all the different weapons that have been invented,

Because it’s greed that’s the reason behind the start of any war.

© 2023 Daniel Kemp All rights reserved

About Daniel Kemp

Daniel Kemp is a member of The Society of Authors. 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 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 ten of his novels are now published by CNext Chapter with the tenth novel being a two-part ending to the Heirs and Descendants Series. A Covenant of Spies completed the four-book series alongside: What Happened In Vienna, Jack? Once I Was A Soldier and A Widow's Son. 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, the 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 two novellas he wrote, 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 his first novel. There is no morality to be found in evil. But to recognise that which is truly evil one must forget the rules of morality. Amazon Author Page He is fond of writing Quotes and a collection of his can be found here---
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12 Responses to Meaningless Words

  1. Poignant and topical, Danny. Well said.

  2. Hi Danny, George Orwell would be proud of you with this excellent poem. “And the word peace craved with blood into stone” – should craved be carved?

    • Daniel Kemp says:

      Yes, it should have been carved, Robbie, thank you for spotting it. George was a very clever man, you know. He had a tremendous amount of foresight as of course can be seen in his writing, but he had more than that. His real name was Eric Blair and he could see how infamous and shoddy the name of Bair would become after his namesake–Tony– preferred monetary handouts from the wealthy to line his own pockets with.

  3. What a powerful and poignant statement! I can’t help but think of the countless wars that have been fought and the innocent lives that have been lost because of it. I hope that we can all come together and find peace one day.

  4. Miriam Ivarson says:

    Daniel, your poem is great. I am with you in every stanza. From the older wars through to events in our society today.
    As your u say, greed lies behind it all.


  5. Daniel Kemp says:

    You are so very kind, Miriam. My thanks come from my heart.

  6. Nancy Ruegg says:

    Your poem highlights well some of the evils of war that always impact most those who have no voice. You are so right, Daniel: Greed for money and power is the impetus behind all war. I’m so thankful that no matter the circumstances we face, God gives his strength, courage, and peace to endure!

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