Poet's Corner

Poppies in the sunlight

As I stand here in the sunlight

I feel so very alone

I stare at the wreaths of poppies

Propped up against the stone

The stone that bears many local names

Two hundred and fifteen in all 

Men and women who lost their lives

Because they’d got that call

To stand up and fight for their country

In places far away

Places they’d never heard of before 

But had to go and stay

I cannot imagine how they dealt

Seeing  war around them each day

Shooting at the enemy

And trying to keep death at bay

Some came home at the end of the war

But sadly many did not

And here at the cenotaph today

People are crying a lot

Remembrance Day , a time to dwell 

On memories of the past

But also to remember our heroes

And those thoughts should always last.

By Carole Payne

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.