Poet's Corner

My life as a River

I was born high in the hills,

Where my life had just begun.

I walked through forests,

As I was singing songs.

I tumbled over stones,

People scooped their hands into my skin.

The forest’s trees were a turtle’s shell.

Finally I have reached my destination,

One, two three!

Like a dripping tap, I zoomed down my slide.

As I zoomed down I Laughed and gurgled.

The wind on my skin made me shiver.

I wore leaves from the trees like medals.

I thought to myself “I wish my life wil never end.”

As I slowed down.

Insects settled on my skin to drink.

I became a mirror,

Not one bag of rubbish in sight.

I hoped my life would stay like this.

But sweet time had gone.

Slowly rubbish started to fill me,

Making it harder to breathe.

Someone come and help me please!

I waited days but no one arrived.

Like a snail I turned into a sloppy mess.

I started to fade away.

Today you won’t find a drop of me left.

All I wanted was to stay clear and free, But no.

Children come and find me and see what people have done.

By Amber from Year 5 of Andover C of E

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.