Poet's Corner


Sprinting across the river bank,

Animals drinking my skin.

Hearing sounds that are mellow.

Dipping, diving, drawing attention.

Flowing down

Without a frown.

Branches like witches’ fingers

Reaching into my guts.

Slishing, wishing for a happy life forever.

As I was flowing

I started flying through the trees,

My stomach full of weeds.

Eroding through rocks,

Meandering through woods.

People seeing their reflection,

Looking in my direction.

As I was flowing tranquil,

Rain trickled down my skin.

Unfortunately I’m filled with dirt and grime,

I just want to shine again.

I’m ugly now.

I’m a nomad.

I’m a tramp.

Now I feel like a bin made of grime.

By Shannyn of Andover C of E schools year 5

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.