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“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 of 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 find you here. And I am pleased that I did, otherwise you would never know what I managed in my life, along the way.

I have reached that final bend, the one that leads me to my end, and now I leave you here to make your own way through this life. Tread your path with care, and always be aware that there is no such thing in life, as a mistake.”

 

Published in the UK by Female First

© 2012, Danny Kemp. All rights reserved.

Danny Kemp (14 Posts)

I am sixty-three years of age, married for the second time with two step-children and three grandchildren. My father died when I was sixteen but had probably summed me up completely by that time. He called me deceitful, and I'm not sorry that he did. I now use that characteristic to tell stories in both prose and, I hope. rhyme. My first novel was published in March 2012. The Desolate Garden is a spy murder mystery with more than a simple touch of romance. It has been likened to The 39 Steps and The Constant Gardener by reviewers and the film producer who's London based Company is converting my story into a film.


15 Comments

  1. “This above all, o thine own self be true, and it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” That Will Shakespeare had a mot just for every situation.

    I love the way you began, the old man speaking to the child. Clever and effective intro to your strong, rather militant poem. Just when I think I know all about poetry, I discover something new. Good work! :)

  2. “This above all, to thine own self be true, and it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” That Will Shakespeare had a mot just for every situation.

    I love the way you began, the old man speaking to the child. Clever and effective intro to your strong, rather militant poem. Just when I think I know all about poetry, I discover something new. Good work! :)

  3. Danny Kemp (Author)

    If I could take that line “””” Just when I think I know all about poetry, I discover something new.””””To my grave then I would Melody Haislip.
    WHAT a COMPLIMENT.

  4. “There is no such thing in life, as a mistake.”

    You made me cry, Danny.

  5. Danny Kemp (Author)

    I am sorry Renee, but in a strange way pleased if something I write has that effect. I’ll be honest, sometimes they do the same to me. I did one today about Mums, hmm I’ll say no more otherwise I’ll appear soft.

  6. Anya

    That was very touching and beautifully expressed. :)

  7. Marni Graff

    Danny, words filled with grace,: “….along it I did stride to find you here. ”
    It’s unblushingly a fine expression of love, too.

  8. Danny Kemp (Author)

    Thank you so much ANYA, you will never know just what comments here, on my poems, mean to me.

  9. Danny Kemp (Author)

    Marni, you know me as the writer and teller of stories, but here is where my heart lies. A picture that can be seen in different ways and having different interpretations told in a few words. Thank you for stopping by.

  10. This is a beautiful poem! And congratulations on your story and it being converted over into a film. Keep on keeping on. May God richly bless you brother.

  11. Danny Kemp (Author)

    Thank you for your kind words Cherokee.

  12. Dr Irfan Aligi

    So you are a poet ,too. You are revealing yourself bit by bit and I am crazy about looting all you have in terms of literature. You are great, Danny. My Best Wishes.

  13. Danny Kemp (Author)

    Thank you for stopping by Dr IRFAN ALIGI, and leaving your complimentary comment. You are very kind. I think though, that the only thing I’m great at is sitting down in front of this computer screen.

  14. Danny,
    Thoughtful,gentle poem ,like a quest for more,plenty of connotation spring to mind,yet complete,a soothing really good poem.
    No jesting and while here,thanks for that spell with you,cos it was very telling in being totally earnest,between you and me.
    Cant wait for the.film..and more of the same,and supporting good old self publishing…and moving on..

  15. Danny Kemp (Author)

    Thank you Nigel, it was a pleasure working with you. I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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