Poet's Corner

The Andover workhouse scandal (A time ring poem)

It is a sorry tale our poor condition
brought about through malnutrition
I gnaw on bone for its marrow and gristle
life hurts like a thorn or a thistle
as we fight over bones
with sticks and stones
we are meant to smash
with iron bars for fertiliser for farms
we are paupers, we meant no harm
left in the cold of workhouse walls of stone
Mr McDougal master of this workhouse is reckless and rude
he often gets drunk and has his way with the women too
that man is evil make no mistake
he skims our food to make butter and he’s always on the take
we are starving its not disguised
you may be surprised
to hear that it has gone on so long
in Andover in Hampshire, where the way the poor are treated is wrong.


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.