Poet's Corner

Death mask

I put on this mask,
a chrysalis of my life beyond skin.
This skin which so easily breaks and evaporates into nothingness
leaving behind the memories given freely
to people I know and have known.

Throughout my life I have worn many masks,
this one is the last I will ever wear
I will wear it with dignity and pride
and I will not hide it away.
Anybody can see it if they so wish,
for a face itself tells a story
the angles, the contours, the wrinkles and the expression.

Know that I have left you something to remember me by
but remember that it is the next life where I can be found
and in time you will leave behind your life
for the life beyond skin
and we will walk again together.


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.