Poet's Corner

Bah Humbug to Valentines Day

A poem for St. Valentine’s Day

(not quite the normal thing and a collaborative composition)


Love is such a silly word,

It makes everybody act absurd,

They look into each others’ eyes,

And spout a load of mushy lies.

Golden platitudes said over and over again,

St. Valentines Day is a real pain,

Spending cash you cannot afford,

On products not even fit for a lord.

You could have saved up for a trip away,

Instead of becoming the man from Milk Tray,

So, bah humbug this Valentine’s – leave me alone,

Seal up the letterbox and unplug the phone.

No cards or teddies or flowers for me,

And definitely no love potions lacing my tea,

‘Cause I get everything from the true love I’ve found,

Not just on one day, but all the year round.

by Elwyn Bull, Dan Hooks and Natasha Douglas

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.