Poet's Corner

The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

 Lying awake, thinking

     No noise outside

  But inside my head


Thoughts that go on and on

       Won’t go away

    Like a dripping tap

    Voices in my mind

    All talking at once

I can’t understand what’s

          being said

Everything’s in the distance 


     Yet I can hear you

   Gently calling my name

 Your arms are outstretched

    But my legs are like jelly

       I’m rooted to the spot

            Unable to move

I’m trying to reach you

  To hold your hand

Because I feel safe when I’m with you

Nothing is as bad as it seems when

you’re there to protect me

         And reassure me

I go over and over every word

   you said to me today

Analysing them, did you mean them?      

   Words I never thought you’d say

   Yet I’ve waited so long to hear

      At last, after all this time

            I feel there is a

  Light at the end of the tunnel 

 Sunlight, blue sky, fluffy clouds

                  Idyllic days

     And you are going to be there

            To share them with me

       To make our dreams come true

            My mind is peaceful now

                 My head sorted

  No more black clouds on the horizon

           Just happy, happy thoughts

                  Of our future


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.