Poet's Corner

Ghosts of war

One day they will beat the last war drum
and we will hear the rattle the hum and the clatter of the earth as it shatters

Everyone has a grave waiting out there for them
so why cause bloodshed, why not stem the flow
stop the bleeding, the bloodshed show.
Yes the rich line their pockets
and blood for oil, powers our mains sockets
but when the rich wage war it’s the poor who die
no god can stand in our way
It takes us all to make a stand
divided we die and fall
this wasn’t what we planned.

Boys brought up to fight and be soldiers
what do you think they will be when they are older?
yes you know the story
we glamorise death and glory
but on the battle field your friend is blown up and it’s gory!
and you come back with PTSD
you think your fighting for a cause
but our governments have a get out clause
when it comes to looking after its own citizens
It’s called we don’t have enough money
now it ain’t funny that of the lions that fought
that most are deemed to be worth nought!
It wasn’t what we were taught!

By Daniel Hooks
AKA Alienpoet

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.