Poet's Corner


We have gazed at the lives we used to lead
and imagined our better selves
would correct the mistakes of the past.

We have cast aspersions
been caught in widening diversions.

You are my mum
and that is not just a title
you have brought me through the frightful passages of life
into better days that are now reasonably carefree.

But let us not forget the days when we laughed and cried together
the ties between mother and child which can’t be severed
if we could tell the truth as sometimes we do
we would answer life it’s mysteries and clues

for you were with me at my start
I hope I will be there for you when
you need me as a son
for all of life is relationships
and we have a good one
even if we have come through the struggles
of my mental health, it’s battles and wars.

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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.