Poet's Corner

Born in Andover

Born in Andover,
a father’s son, a mother’s boy
a bundle, a package, a parcel of joy.

Raised in a terrace with a black and white TV
things changing at pace in and around me
computer games and colour TV all shiny and new
until the shine rubbed off as I grew.

Megadrives, football games in the park
Basketball games until it got dark
I miss those days of irresponsibility it was fun
now I am an adult and those days are gone.

I have more freedom but in some ways less
a modern life of working brings more stress
I still live in Andover
but some of my mates have moved away
maybe I will leave myself one day.

But Andover will always be my place of birth
my hometown and my home turf
and though memories fade and grow worn
I will remember them fondly
throughout my passage through time
because they have helped shape me
and become my reason and my rhyme.

By Daniel Hooks AKA alienpoet

This poem is a kind of biographical account of my life in Andover and how it has shaped me. It also shows how things have changed in my lifetime.

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.