#Poetryreadathon – Along the Way by Daniel Kemp

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 find you here.
Stand you tall, never cry, have no tear in any eye

As you hear what I have done 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 but always be aware

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

© 2012, 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.

You can contact Mr. Kemp via twitter..https://twitter.com/danielkemp6
Via FaceBook… https://www.facebook.com/dannyandpatkemp
You can also see all of his books here on Creativia… https://www.creativia.org/daniel-kemp-mystery-thriller-author.html

A selection of books by Daniel Kemp

A recent review of The Desolate Garden

5 Star Amazon review

This is a well-written but exceedingly complex book. Set in the world of espionage, international intrigue, and political manipulations, it follows an investigation by Harry Patterson into the murders of his father and brother. Judith Meadows has been assigned to aid him, and the two of them make quite a pair. Their testy relationship adds some flavor to an otherwise cerebral read.

What do I mean by that? Between sections of expertly written dialog, the book is expository, relaying multiple family histories and the political machinations of individuals and countries on the world stage, primarily the espionage between England and the Soviet Union.

The research is impressive. I can’t say that enough. So is the tangled plot and eventual reveal. There are a lot of secrets. There are also a lot of characters, and it’s important to keep them straight. Pay attention as it’s easy to get lost.

For readers interested in fast-paced James Bond- style action, this book may not be for you since there is no action at all. For readers who love realistic espionage, historical fiction, or a deep dive into 20th-century English-Soviet behind-the-scenes manipulations, this book may be the perfect read.

27 thoughts on “#Poetryreadathon – Along the Way by Daniel Kemp

  1. Robbie, thank you for this in-depth introduction to Daniel Kemp! What an extraordinary life and it just prove there is no straight road to writing and publication! Wow! The poem is wonderful, poignant and profound … a thoughtful and reflective start to my day.

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  2. Thank yu, Robbie, for this fascinating introduction to Daniel Kemp whom I must admit I didn’t know about. His poem is great
    and drew me in. That must have been after his accident and subsequent damage to head as well.
    It is amazing how many started writing, painting or playing music after any damage involving the brain.

    In my little way I am one of them and I know three more on WordPress.


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      1. Well your brain could have been changed a bit by the accident. I did research on it for a project. How the brain burns new pathways to compensate for certain changes and people acquire new traits. It wasn’t meant as an insult.

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