Poet's Corner

Burning the ground written for the Andover space programme

Ground control to major Tom

The ozone layers done,

We took our eyes off of the ball for a while,

And then things went badly wrong

Ground control to major Tom,

The trees here are all now gone. 

Conditions are much tougher for us all,

And we are Living under a dome.

Ground control to major Tom,

We want you to come home,

Before this world becomes a barren wasteland,

And everything is lost. 

Ground control to major Tom,

I was asked to choose a side,

The choice to rebel or to tow the line,

And i chose to run and hide.

Ground control to major tom,

Now I am left here all alone,

The hunger eats at my insides,

And the time has come to say my last goodbye.

Major tom to ground control,

I can see the skies are black,

From up high above the nuclear night,

Its hurts to know that im never coming back.

By Martin McGregor 

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.