Poet's Corner

Walk in my shoes for a day

“Walk in my shoes for a day
watch how people treat me
look through my eyes
feel the pain they cause me through judgement”

I wonder through these streets alone
with hardly any clothes and no home
no money no shelter save when I am lucky and have a tent
I have to invent what shelter I can to survive
people say I should have a job and drive
and ambition I lost it in the war in my mind
and ptsd is unkind and I can’t envision
a way out of my despair
a few people care but most give blank unfeeling stares
and say it’s somehow my fault
the system is broken
but if you saw through my eyes for a day
you’d show me more compassion I’d pray.

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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.