Poet's Corner

Living in Nature’s Wonderland


Beautiful fluttering butterflies and busy buzzing bees

Hedgehogs, rabbits, birds, plants and thousands of planted trees

Harmony Woods, a beautiful spot, an everyday stroll for many

Wild flowers , dog walkers, bushes, trees and lots of different berries

The old oak tree on the Green welcomeswinter’s visitor Robin Redbreast

Then early in the springtime other birds will come back there to make their nest

The green leaves on the old tree gives us shade on a hot summer day

Or shelter from the teeming rain should it happen to come our way

Augusta Park, a new housing development

is an area that is so vast

Built on what was Nature ‘s Wonderland for many years in the past

When the building started many creatures were scared away

But now, a few years later and they’ re coming back to stay

Once again we awaken to birds singing their morning song

And trails of slime in the garden where slugs and snails have been along

A kyte is often spotted high up in the sky

Or greedy starlings, seagulls and pigeons flying noisily by

Yes, there is some traffic but its noise is far outweighed 

By all the natural beauty we are lucky enoughto have around us every day

By Carole Payne

November 2018

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.