Poet's Corner

Icky Illnesses

Purple polka dot flue
Strange diseases we had no clue
smacked face rash
medical knowledge crash
nose bunged up
drinking foul tasting medicine from a plastic cup
Sneezing, coughing and wheezing
chicken pox mumps and rubella
Diarrhoea isn’t clever
I have a yellow fever
I cannot relieve
and I have man flu
and am not clever enough
to relieve my symptoms on my own
Off to the doctors I go
or maybe even A and E
because I am at deaths door
I hope the antibiotics work quickly and more
than the other stuff I have taken.

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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.