Poet's Corner

Ladies walk

Walking through greenery

either side

of a path.

Panoramic vision of Andover town

It’s hard to grasp,

that I walked here as a child in a school class

with so many questions,

the unusual questions children often ask.

Now a man knitted together with reason 

and a somewhat logical mind

but always we are out of step with time.

I came through here also on that fateful day when I’d lost my mind

Overcome with sadness that I couldn’t leave behind

I nearly did it, I nearly jumped

Off the bridge which stands in the middle

another ghost ,another suicide

another tragedy ,another ended waking dream.

An ending all too soon…

but I resolved to face my problems 

My friend Chris thought I was going to jump

But even though the lump in my throat was massive.

My soul rode the storm inside my head

because to be alive is a wonder 

everyday something to learn

and although hot tears may make eyes sore.

I will never take anything for granted

life is what you make it 

and it will never be a chore

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.