Poet's Corner

The monster in Wherwell Priory (a Andover time ring poem)

Born of a ducks egg, hatched by a toad
the dreaded cockatrice uses Wherwell Priory as it’s abode
don’t be caught by its steely glare
or be made into a stone statue
if it catches you with it’s eyes
so don’t look run
or be be overcome
It eats and causes destruction wherever it flies
so watch the skies with fearful eyes.

But wait a man called Green
seeks the four acre reward
he polishes a piece of steel as a mirror long and broad
he lowers it into the beasts lair
the cockatrice caught within it’s own stare
fights it’s own reflection
until exhausted.
Then Green ran the beast though with a javelin mighty and true
and claims his reward as a hero brave and clever
Green’s acres still stands in Harewood forest near Andover forever.

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.