Poet's Corner

I did this for my children and my children’s children

I did this for our children and children’s children

Lying in the dirt of a no man’s zone
dying and thinking of home
tears trickling down my cheek
a life born so strong
and ending so weak
I cannot stand
my life flashes for the last time in my eyes
as I stare at the night sky
years on my family will lay a wreath
and will think of one word peace
which is hard fought for
and never sure
peace is what everyone wants
but we live in a fallen world
and I fought for all children
to bring a future of smiles
on their faces
in far off foreign places
where the trenches were dug
and we charged and barged
through enemies lines
and land mines
and were cut down by machine gunners
I think of my wife, my stunner
and my children
and realise I have done it for them
and my children’s children.

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.