Poet's Corner

False hope?

Give a bird hope
and she will sing
even if she lives in hell
with the devil as her king

I wrote this poem the words express what I called at the time false hope. However if the bird continues to sing and have hope even if that hope is based on a delusion or delusions. Is it better for that bird to have that hope that glass is full for that bird when it might be half empty?
We live our lives like that bird, if we walk on a tightrope and look down we are probably going to fall. Love, family, employment, money, freedom whatever it is and however scarce it is if it gives us hope it is the meaning our lives present. It is our gift our present and shouldn’t be thrown away. No matter the suffering we face if we have hope for a brighter future or a better day even we automatically go forward in our lives no matter the perils or troubles we face.
It is however false hope if we use it in the form of apathy and do not face our troubles or problems if we say to ourselves the systems broke but do not change the fundamental problem this is where truth needs to found, We need to be the coal in the fire which never gives up and becomes a diamond but we need to foster hope but not take it with a pinch of salt. To go against the grain and make a change we need hope but we need to keep a healthy perspective.


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.