Poet's Corner

What it means to be British

Having a takeaway at your gaff
eating out a cafe.
Queuing when there isn’t even a sign.
Having a pint to tickle your twine
cold and flat with an amber shine.
stiff upper lip with a sarcastic quip
always talking about the weather
moaning about the rain forever.
Cars on a go slow with a little snow
people with money get up and go
to Spain to avoid the rain.
Watching Wimbledon between the rain
pies and football at the England game.
Political correctness being a pain.
Cockney rhyming slang and the bill
East Enders and grange hill
are what we watch on TV
we have some great intuitions like the bbc
Marks and Spencer’s and WHSmiths
cheese and onion and salt and vinegar crisps
fish and chips, chinese and curry
living life now in a hurry
these things are just a flurry
of what it means to be British.

By Daniel Hooks
AKA Alienpoet on Facebook

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.