Poet's Corner

The number 76 bus

All aboard the rattle and bone shaker bus
the number 76

Leaving at 10 past 6

It takes us past the sunny-haven the green
where we had Christmas’s past
at our Grandma and Grandad’s house
where my Dad was raised with his sister my Aunt.
Life is what you make it my Grandad still says
and he’s right but still I pray
wish blessings and blessings on friends today.

It takes us past the bend and the cemetery in Whitchurch
where my great Grandad was buried.
He lived to 100 and got his letter from the Queen.
He knew her from the Sandringham estate he told us
as a young girl not very old.

Down dale and over hill
the weather is wet and windy and many puddles we spill.
from Basingstoke to Andover it takes me
with various speeds
this stage coach is my steed
filled with fuel in its metallic frame
it rattles and hums over country lanes.


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.