Poet's Corner

As I look down on the world

As I look down on the world
I see myself more clearly
everything I achieved and nearly
everything I fought for all seems small now
everything I sought for dearly
and conflicts of the bitter past
cast in the bitter seeds of pain
wither and die in the suns cleansing heat.

As I look down on the world
brother you and I look the same
all my excuses seem lame
all my bitterness my shame
came left and went
all my spent time brooding
I realise that it was a waste
I need to move on with haste
I can be no one but myself
my dreams are my wealth.
But when I let others define me
clearly nothing can I be
and the things I see are not my own
I stand alone with just the clothes on my back
thirsting for all that I lack
but can never have
and don’t really need
I alone hold the key
to be freed from this maze of rights and wrongs
If only I could see the big picture all the time and be strong.

About the author

Dan Hooks

Hi there my name is Dan Hooks and I am a poet.

My poetry has many diverse themes from madness to the mundane, from fantasy and fable to philosophical and the darkness of reality (whatever that is).

I have been writing since I was 18 and have inspired other artists such as Benjamin Heine who created an piece of art work called”filled with fire” from my poem called “Freedom”. That poem was inspired from a quote from Nelson Mandela saying “we are free to be free”. Writing I find is a collaborative process.

I have also written other poems which have been used in language courses in America, Canada and Australia. One of which is called “poem on identity” and the other one is “Antithesis”.

I have a soundcloud account in which I post poems to music and my spoken word pieces. I find spreading my work on various social media platforms really useful for presenting my work.

I am also fond of travelling and have climbed Mount Fuji in Japan visited Finland skied in both USA in keystone Colorado and Whistler in Canada. I find perspective can be found in travelling to other countries and it also helps you appreciate other cultures as well your own.