Poet's Corner

My dog eared paper heart

My dog eared heart
Is a stray paper heart that is worn at the corners
I like to warn you that it’s been used and abused
In many different ways.
Like a monetary paper note it retains its value
but it looks dirty in it’s present form.
It’s a reflection of my being
valued the same but used and carried in people’s pockets
sometimes spent, sometimes used for a higher purpose
never worthless but paper thin and fragile
I’d cash it in but I am not that shallow
I want someone to take it in and invest in me
to take time to gain my interest
and spend my dividends.


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.