No Time For War

No Time For War

In the silence in the shadows
In the deepest grave that’s ever been,
Lives the voice of all reason
In the world no-one’s seen.

Memories will be rewritten with no pain left inside.
Tears will be forgotten. There was no time when you cried.

In the valleys deep and darkened
In the nightmares, in the screams
Lives the Devil that needs fighting
Fill those shadows with your dreams.

Memories will be rewritten with no pain left inside.
Tears will be forgotten. There was no time when you cried.

From the dawning of the sunrise
To the dwindling dusk of night
Think not of inky skies above you
Fill those shadows with your light.

Memories will be rewritten with no pain left inside.
Tears will be forgotten. There was no time when you cried.

In the world that’s been constructed
In a life you can claim
There’s no darkness of the memories
There’s no memories of the shame.

Memories will be rewritten with no pain left inside.
Tears will be forgotten. There was no time when you cried.

Persecution is forbidden
Hypocrisy is no more
Love is unchanging
In the dream you’ll be living there’s no time for bloody war.

© 2019 Daniel Kemp All rights reserved

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#Poetryreadathon – Along the Way by Daniel Kemp

A poem and reviews from Robbie Cheadle.

Robbie's inspiration

Poetry readathon

Daniel (Danny) Kemp is a talented author of a number of books. He also writes lovely poetry which he shares on his blog here: https://theauthordannykemp.com/

The poem I have shared below is one of Danny’s first attempts at poetry and I think it is rather extraordinary.

Along The Way

“I am heavy, I am tired,” said the old man to the child.
“My life is drawing to an end.
It is not what I have done to life that has brought me here today, but what life has done to me along the way.

I was strong, I was fierce, I took no-one to my side, simply brushing them aside with no need for them.
Now I find that I’m alone, but don’t pity nor disown 

Those memories that I’ve sown, along the way.

My path was never straight, sometimes narrow, sometimes wide but along it I did stride to…

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Goodreads List

I’m honoured to announce that I have the NUMBER 1 book (What Happened In Vienna, Jack?) and three other novels in the TOP TEN on this Goodreads list. All are available in Kindle format and two come as audiobooks.

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/46256.10_best_thriller_for_which_not_all_heard_about_?fbclid=IwAR05tkSkFI1-UJPZFaH9kD_2uYJdeRISOuFkN-sSEyVmXoY5qi12uady0dQ

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Father Figure: Free Kindle Download from 11/21 – 11/25

A free book to read in the warm while it’s cold outside.

This Is My Truth Now

Father Figure is a FREE download from 11/21 thru 11/25. Thank you so much for your support in sharing, downloading, reading, and reviewing. I appreciate it!   Download @ http://mybook.to/FatherFigure

Overview of Father Figure

Between the fast-paced New York City, a rural Mississippi town and a charming Pennsylvania college campus filled with secrets, two young girls learn the consequences of growing up too quickly.

Amalia Graeme, abused by her mother for most of her life, longs to escape her desolate hometown and fall in love. Contemplating her loss of innocence and conflicting feelings between her boyfriend and the dangerous attraction she’s developed for an older man, Amalia faces life-altering tragedies.

Brianna Porter, a sassy, angst-ridden teenager raised in New York City, yearns to find her life’s true purpose, conquer her fear of abandonment, and interpret an intimidating desire for her best friend, Shanelle. Desperate to find the father whom her…

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An Ex-President Of The Oxford Students Union Was The Present Prime Minister.

Resignations as impeachment proceedings begin against Union President

Official impeachment proceedings against the President of the Oxford Union are being launched this morning over the treatment of Ebenezer Azamati, a blind postgraduate student, in a case that has received widespread national attention and condemnation from MPs.

Last night, the Union’s Director of Press, Chief of Staff and two members of the Standing Committee and Secretary’s Committee, the Union’s governing body, announced their resignations in protest at Mr. Azamati’s treatment.

Standing Committee member Jeremy Mbararia issued a statement of resignation, telling Mr. McGrath: “Every action that you have taken in responding to the incident, from bringing a disciplinary action against Ebenezer, to failing to issue an unconditional apology until being pressured to do so, has shown me that you are unable to put aside your political ambition for basic decency.

“I entered the Committee thinking that perhaps the warnings were not entirely true. I feel that not only as a fellow person of colour and African but as an individual with a sense of morality, I can no longer remain within an institution such as this, so long as you remain in office… I cannot and will not serve such a President. I stand with Ebenezer.”

Secretary’s Committee member, Simon van Teutem, also addressed Mr. McGrath in a public statement: “I wish that you were able to take a step back from your personal interests and consider the impact that this has had on Mr. Azamati. This is more than the political games you have grown accustomed to.

“Not only was Mr. Azamati humiliated by the staff at the debate, but you also insisted on amplifying his humiliation by attempting to strip him of his membership for a disciplinary offence which he did not commit. I am ashamed that I ever served a President who was capable of such indecent, disrespectful, and vindictive conduct. Although it is your resignation that the Members deserve, it is the resignation of the more junior members that they will have to accept as a token of our apology and shame for the incident. Mine is not the first, and will not be the last.”

A witness to the initial incident, Harry Hatwell will pin a motion for the impeachment of Brendan McGrath on the Union’s noticeboard at 10:00am. The motion of impeachment is fully supported by Oxford University Africa Society (AfriSoc), who protested the Union last Friday. Mr. Azamati is Ghanaian.

The motion reads: “For better or for worse, being President of the Oxford Union is seen as a stepping-stone to high office (our current Prime Minister as a case in point); being President of the Union matters.

“The Union holds itself to be a bastion of democratic debate and liberty, but it is hard to see such values have been upheld here. The actions of the Union and the impunity with which our elected representatives have acted cannot go unchallenged. The President has chosen not to do the brave, courageous, and responsible thing and stand down from his position; we have faith that Union members will make him accountable.”

Having pinned the motion, members of the Union have 48 hours to sign it in support. If 150 members do so at this time, there will be a poll of all members. If two-thirds of voters in this poll support impeachment, the President will be immediately removed from office.

The University of Oxford condemned the treatment of Mr. Azamati: “We share the widespread outrage regarding the unacceptable treatment of Ebenezer Azamati, a member of our University community, at the Oxford Union. Ebenezer’s college and the University are working to fully support him.

“The Union is an entirely independent club not governed by the University, but this student’s treatment goes against our culture of inclusivity and tolerance – we are pressing the Union for answers on how they plan to remedy the issue and ensure this does not happen in the future.”

The action is being brought against McGrath for his failure to investigate Mr. Azamati’s case, for continuing to prosecute him for nearly a month, and for failing to publicly apologise for the incident.

The motion states: “The President has failed in his duty to uphold the principles of equity and fairness, failed to deal with ableism and racism in the Union, and failed to listen to the voices of the Union’s members. He is not fit for office.”

Hatwell raised a Point of Order immediately after the incident to ask for an investigation and also recently gave evidence in defence of Mr. Azamati.

 

 

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Unrecognizable – #poetry of #life

A beautiful poem of sadness.

Night Owl Poetry - Dorinda Duclos

Why is it I don’t recognize, the face reflected back at me?

What is it about her look, I no longer wish to see?

Sunken, hollowed cheeks, color pale, in shades of white

Turn away, bow my head, I can’t take my ghostly sight

Missing is the sparkle, once, so prominent in these eyes

Replaced by tears of sadness, rushing, falling, from my eyes

No strength to fight the demon, it’s taking all I’ve got

Too weak to go on trying, yet too stubborn, to accept this lot

Determined for a comeback, keep my focus on the prize

Restore myself, back to life, there is no compromise.

Authors note:  I am still unwell, trying to find the end of this madness.  Four weeks and counting.  I know what it isn’t, but not what it is.  I see a specialist on Wednesday.  I pray I finally find out what demon…

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300 club.

A very unusual article and one worth reading.

I didn't have my glasses on....

Membership to one of the most exclusive clubs in the world takes place around a short red and white striped pole in Antarctica. Only those who endure an atmospheric difference of 300 degrees Fahrenheit are granted entry.

To join the elite 300 Club, residents at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, where on winter days the outside temperature dips below -100 degrees, must bare it all. It’s an odd tradition, one that comes with a high risk of frostbite in rather sensitive, traditionally clothed areas.

To join the exclusive group, the scientists must first spend time in the station’s 200-degree sauna. Once they’re fully cooked, they dash outside (at a brisk walk, because running is dangerous) wearing nothing but shoes and an optional neck gaiter to circle the ceremonial South Pole marker, which is hundreds of feet from the station. They then get back into the steamy sauna, which helps thaw their…

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Nov. 16/19

I would like to enter this, please

It’s Friday! Another week closer to December(!), and time for your Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. We’re getting some crazy weather here. Like, January weather. How is it where you are? Here’s your prompt for this week:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “dream.” Use it as a noun or a verb; use any way you’d like. Enjoy!

After you’ve written your Saturday post tomorrow, please link it here to this week’s prompt page and check to make sure it’s here in the comments so others can find it and see your awesome Stream of Consciousness post. Anyone can join in!

To make your post more visible, use our beautiful new SoCS badge! Just paste it in your Saturday post so people browsing the reader will immediately know your post is stream of consciousness and/or pin it as a widget to your site to show you’re a…

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Feb. 24/18

This sounds fun to me

Friday is here and that means it’s time for your Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. It’s a cold one here again this morning, but they’re promising above freezing temps for the next week. What’s with the weather these days? We should be in a deep freeze still. It’s a crazy winter! Here’s your prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “door.” Write about a door you walked through this week that wasn’t your own. Enjoy!

After you’ve written your Saturday post tomorrow, please link it here at this week’s prompt page and check to make sure it’s here in the comments so others can find it and see your awesome Stream of Consciousness post. Anyone can join in!

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My Dream Of Ireland

I first wrote this in 2015 as a song, but I’ve redone it today.

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I’ll cross the sea that lays before me
And swim ashore on foreign land.
There to rest my aching body
With the clover in my hand.

Farewell, my friends and neighbours,
Drink my health and wish me well.
One day perhaps we’ll drink together
On that shore beyond the swell.

Green and yellow call me onwards,
Fly me high and take me far.
Cast my dreams before my journey
Let no memory in me scar.

Blow you wind against the barley,
Sway light your golden ears.
Play the music soft and lowly
Castaway your wretched tears.

Today we drink and not be sober
In this land beyond the sea.
The grave we view is barren and empty,
Because the dream still lives in me.

Dear Mary come you back in summer,
Paint the meadows green with rain.
Warm sun to colour yellow,
Then dig the hole and hide the blame.

Rolling shadows, flowing mountains,
Silent valleys, deepest sea.
Dreams unfolding all before you,
Visions only we can see.

Unfurl the flag, play the pipes.
Soulful melody stills the air.
Until we reach the land that waits us.
Can you see it over there?

Speak thy name and toast thee plenty,
On this Island in the sea!
Sing the songs and shout the glory,
Pray the day when all are free.

Shield the memories in the shadows,
Dig the holes and hide them deep.
Holding hands, best foot forward,
No more nightmares only dream of sleep.

Today together we’ll swim this sea,
And come ashore on welcome land.
There to rest our aching bodies
And clasp the clover in our hand.

© 2019, Daniel Kemp All rights reserved.

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