Poet's Corner

The Bug

Names go flying around in my head,
As I lie trying to sleep in my bed,
I see pictures of the I.G.I,
And wonder when did Ethel die?
I really wish I knew when Jane was born,
As I wake up this Monday morn.
Then so much easier would be my life,
If I knew when William had taken Emily for his wife.
And where do Mary and Charles fit in?
Was he fat? Or was she thin?
Was she a Redman? Of them there are lots,
Or maybe a Roe? Of course she could be a Watts.
Then I find the family on the census,
That really is a great big bonus.
My family watch me with a feeling of unease,
They think I have caught some terrible disease.
As they come and give me a hug,
I tell them yes, I’ve got the,


(C)Elwyn Bull 2005.

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.