Poet's Corner

Cry from a River

I was born high in the mountains.

Hurrying, crashing down.

Trying to follow my friends,

To reach my destination.

Trees were my guardians, protecting me.

Like an Olympic diver,

Like a monster swallowing his victims.

Gently flowing in a straight line,

Watching fish.

Dolphins jumping in and out of the water.

Having fun, life was good.

Like a snake I was swerving left and right,

Making me feel dizzy.

I was hungry.

Then you fed my your poisons and now I’m it!

People you are monsters,

You are feeding my friends the same poisons.

My friends are fading away.

The bottom of me

Is just litter and rubbish.

Who will help me?

By Alfie of year 5 from Andover C of E school

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.