Poet's Corner

To my Father

I never had an opportunity

To give a Fathers Day Card to you,

Or hug you on your birthday,

No, those things I couldn’t do

Walking through the bluebell woods,

You weren’t there to hold my hand.

When I played upon a beach,

You couldn’t help me build a castle of sand.

As a babe in arms

I have no memory of you holding me,

Just a fuzzy black and white photo

Of that moment is all I’ve seen.

Cruelly, you were snatched away

When I was barely one.

A shipping accident at sea,

And in a moment your life was gone.

You only had one opportunity

To give a birthday card to me.

The years when  I was growing up,

Sadly, those you didn’t see.

You weren’t there when I was married,

My lovely mum supported me.

Soon, three granddaughters came along.

They are gorgeous. I’m sure you would agree.

I’m sad I never gave a Father’s Day card to you,

Or hugged you on your birthday. It wasn’t meant to be.

But one thing I know: If you were still here with us,

You’d be a really special dad to me.

Elwyn Bull June 2011.

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.