Poet's Corner

It’s My Turn To Talk!

We video-call our grandchildren

Almost every day

It’s lovely to see their smiling faces

And listen to everything they have to say

It’s usually a noisy experience

Everyone talks at the same time you see

Tonight, one is showing us her new trainers

And another one is bellowing “It’s my turn now to talk to Nanny “

Then it’s “ Can I show my trainers to Grandpa?”

Who is sitting quietly watching the news

Someone else shouts “ Can I show you the slime I’ve made?”

Two big sticky lumps of blue and pink goos

The iPad camera is being pointed all around the room

Suddenly everything is upside down

Then the screen goes completely black

And then there is no sound!

Video-calling is much more fun

Than chatting down a phone line

What a wonderful invention the Internet is

We can now see and chat to them all anytime

Carole Payne

January 2020

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.