Poet's Corner

I did this for our children and our 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,

as my life flashes for the last time in my eyes

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.

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.