Poet's Corner

Shy boy

“Fear is the place where i have hidden my heart”

I was never given much of a chance
told I was shy
a word reflects
the boy responds.
Like if you told your bad repeatedly with no explanation
a label forms introspection.
See I was always thoughtful always thinking
taking in my surroundings
either you react or you find things confounding.
Now I am drowning
in the words I meant to say
I wish I could react normally
realise there are shades of grey
I know people are neither fully good or fully bad
I realised that along time ago
but now I need to let go of fear before I can grow.

See I have had enough of being the daydreamer
who sits alone in the school playground
with imaginary friends.
I have had enough of real friends
who turned out to be dead ends
when we grew apart.

At this point in my life
I acknowledge that nothing is constant
or consistent
my fear of letting go
has grown too big to be ignored.
I know that I am flawed
but I have reached
the crossroad
where I have to choose
to change
to rearrange
before it is too late.


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.