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Updated on May 5, 2013
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Tijani Achamlal is an English Teacher in Nador, Morocco.He studied English Literature in Mohamed 1 Univ .


If life throws you lemons,catch them all and make lemonade
Schweppes lemon
not tonic
Sweeter and less bitter

If life throws you stones,duck down
pick them up and build the strongest, firmest foundation
that no one could shake nor pierce as a dart

If life throws you dirt,be like Jack, the donkey,
when trapped into a well,
with every shovel of his master’s dirt that hits his back to bury him
He shakes it off and made a step up till he stepped out
and trotted as a hero on parade


If life throws you a genie
to grant you wishes,make it easy on him
just wish two
instead of three,
One is to keep him in a bottle.
Second to make him serving only you and no one else.
This is not an act of selfishness
nor of saving a penny for a rainy day
but of national security
If you doubt ask Adam Smith
who knows the strategy inside out.

If life throws you a girl
spread your arms wide open
and embrace tight when you hold
Nobody knows for sure
If life would be that generous once again

If life throws you me,duck down and run for a cover
I am a silly ugly old fool
to set your eyes on
to trust
to rely on
a disgrace,
a shame,
not enough as a pity dog to take in
when the time of ice
unfurls its first blossoms
opening all hellish throes
not enough as a teddy bear,
to sit upon your knee
and smooth hair
I scratch,
bite,
roar
squeeze
such annoying pet
not a quite little chap


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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Well life gave me you James, a good buddy, an esteemed colleague and an awesome writer as well - and I certainly view that as a gift.

      Sending you warm wishes and good energy from early summer here at the lake and just about to have my pasta and sausage lunch out on the deck with my two cats at lake erie time 2:35pm

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      Pretty cute, James! : ) I like the story of the donkey...I will have to remember that one. You made my day and made me smile. Had to be voted up, for sure!!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Hey james.. this is so delightful

      To read.. thank you for making me smile.. you are so

      Awesome..

      Blessings my friend

      Debbie

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      This was great fun and an experience from the start. Thank you. Jamie

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      @epigramman.

      Thanks so much my dear friend Sir Colin.You are really so sweet.I really dont know what to say.You make me blush lol Thanks so much for your support.

      Many blessings to you.

      James

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant my brawd and here's to many many more to come.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      @ Eiddwen.Thanks so much my chwaer for the visit.

      Many blessings to you

      Enjoy the day there too:)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      James-wolve,

      This is a beautiful little pick me up! Yes, make the best of everything... aren't those the words to live by? If life threw me you, I would not run scared! You are delightful!

      Very much enjoyed!

      Cat

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      @ Cantuhearmescream.Thanks so much for stopping by and the compliment :).I m glad you liked it.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      I did... as always :-)

      You have a wonderful weekend as well, hopefully yours is filled with more sun than mine is supposed to be. If life throws you rain... get out the umbrella :-)

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      haha What a beautiful comment !.It brought a smile to my face:).Thanks for that.Well,here where I am life throws me nowadays a real scorching sun,I should get out and take sunbath as I live near the beach.

      Ps.Is it better for a white man like me to use a tanning lotion?:)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Yes, most definitely you should get out there and take a sunbath and I will be living vicariously through you! :-)

      Yes, lots and lots of sunscreen, high in SPF, I'd hate to return next week to find you burnt to a crisp "Ode to a Sunburn" :-)

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Hahaha LOL okay ,I hear and obey.. A lot of sunscreen then :)

      soliloquy:It seems nobody likes tanned skin grrrrrrrrrr

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      James,

      Tan will be okay, but burnt to a crisp will certainly just be painful and I can't help but notice you are a bit milky... :-) Now why trade in that pureness for leathery?

      Cat

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Cat,

      When I was little,I used to shed my skin two times per a year haha like an old snake lol.In the winter,it stayed natural (white) but in the summer,too tanned to the extent some part of my hair became blonde haha ...I am not trading anything hehe just asking you as you are woman :)..woman s opinion is very important in cases like this hahaha lol

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      James,

      I know what you mean... don't get me wrong, I used to be a big fan of the tan, but now that I have to consider aging, I'm trying to appreciate pale... not such an easy feat. Tan today and wrinkled and leathery tomorrow? That's a hard call my friend. I say, whatever nature gives you from folicking in the sun should be perfect! You must be careful dear, some women are simply dangerous :-)

      Cat

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Cat,

      Thanks for the advice,I know it is silly of me to ask that question lol I was curious and wanted to know if all women think alike on matters like that hehe Anyway,your opinion is much appreciated.Thanks once again.

      Between us,forgive my ignorance,what do you mean by (some women are simply dangerous )

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      orange skys 4 years ago from Florida

      Anyone who runs for cover when life is an Idiot. Your a great poet awesome friend and a wonderful person in general. who ever is lucky enough to have life trow you at them should hold on to you tight, and never let you go. Well that being said voted up awesome funny. Another wonderful poem.

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      @orange skys.One has to fight life and accept all what it throws,dirt or joy.I had been through bad times,but never gave up.I always find a way out of that sh..,but this time it takes me time to get recovered from emotional fiasco,I was happy like being on the cloud nine all the time,but when it came to crunch,she backed out and flew back to USA to her old boyfriend..sigh

      Me too,if life throws me a good girl,I would hold on to her and never let her go.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      James,

      It's not ignorance... I did leave it open-ended. I mean it's important to make note of others, but I'm sure you're not oblivious to how shallow some women can be... I just would like to think you would'nt completely gauge your worth on the opinion of "all" women. You're great... that's all, just be you, milky or crispy! :-)

      Cat

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      LOL I only know three women in my life:Mom,sister and my Ex.I am not kidding I am still naive and greenhorn lol but that s the truth.Once I was on the bus and I saw a pretty girl eating a sandwich in big bites in a way I couldn't stand the sight.I said to myself:She doesn't deserve that beauty.What a pity! the one who deserve it is Ugly Betty hehe my gosh .We are living a Chinese quality life lol

      Women has lost their charming and femininity.They become shallow .Silly outlooks at life..OF COURSE there are exceptions ;)

      Thanks for soaring my spirits and your comment really boosted my confidence.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      James,

      Well then that either means you're safer or you're in for a big surpise :-)

      Don't get me wrong, there are probably more beautiful women out there than not... but some are just shallow.

      Wow, I know you're somewhat joking, but how deep is that? Imagine if our outside appearances actually matched our insides? What a life that would be if we could tell by a person's beauty, or lack there of, what kind of a person they are?

      All I can say, there is nothing more appealing than someone being true to themselves... which I believe is what you do!

      Have a wonderful day... and don't forget to wish your mother a happy one!

      Cat

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      I know the appearances can be misleading and beauty is only skin deep. If you go after someone just because they are beautiful ,You will get boring as soon as you get what you want from them,We need to look beyond the surface and see if we can have fun or if we have anything in common with this person and I believe that beauty has a lot to do with character.I agree life would be horrible to live if outside appearances actually matched our insides.

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      orange skys 4 years ago from Florida

      Here's hoping that life throws you a beautiful girl with a wonderful soul the second your read for her.

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Yes I would read her this one and write for her beautiful poems ;0

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      orange skys 4 years ago from Florida

      :D what more could a woman want. :)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      James,

      Well that sounds like a poem in the making! :-) I couldn't agree with you more!

      Cat

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Dianne,

      Not all women,some have other things in their minds lol

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Cat,

      Which part you dont agree with lol

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      orange skys 4 years ago from Florida

      Well ....Those aren't worth your time!

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      You are very true!thnx

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      orange skys 4 years ago from Florida

      Your welcome!!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Noo you silly goose... I agree with you SO much that there is no extent to which I could agree with you anymore so! :-)

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Cat,

      I am shivering,I think I have Flu I cant concentrate sorry I have some medicine here and i dunno if it will work or not

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      James,

      Say it isn't so? I hope you don't have the flu! No apology needed, I'm just playing with ya. I hope you feel better!

      Cat

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      This is very clever. I enjoyed it very much. We must be prepared for whatever life throws up. I always make lemonade. lol.

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Dianne,

      Don t forget our deal hehehe

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Cat,

      I am so sorry, I couldn't come back..I was sick..now I feel little bit better..Thanks.

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      @lovedoctor926.

      Thanks for the visit.Yeah we should accept what life throws up and never quit !

      Have a nice day!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      James,

      Good... rest, drink lots of fluids and relax... don't overdue it! Hope you get back to yourself soon!

      Cat

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      Jose Velasquez 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      This made me laugh. Especially the part about the genie.

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Cat,

      Thanks so much.I am better now :)Thank God.

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      @ PHILLYDREAMER,

      Haha dont forget make it easy on him,wish two instead of three lol

      Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      HappyMikeWritter 4 years ago

      So basicly whatever life throws at you Face it and live with it as best as you can. That is the wisdom I am getting from your poem as even sometimes all we recieve are *stones* we can be still happy. No matter what we are unique so the only thing I did not get was the part about " ugly old fool" so I just skipped it :-)

      Love your poem and keep them comming :-)

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      @HappyMikeWritter. Thanks so much for the visit .We must accept what life gives us.The smarter is the one who turn the worst to beautiful things and wounds to wisdom.

      WELL the ugly old fool is me :) lol I am not abusing myself but that is the truth about me dont be mislead by the smile on my face,I am crippled inside and I am everyday getting older,still no wife,no kid,no..no..no..:)Sorry if I sound depressing.

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      orange skys 4 years ago from Florida

      Well I kinda of mad at you know. Your not ugly. your a wonderful person and one day you'll have that wife and kids. Till then keep your chin up and your eyes open. :D

      P.S next time no name calling yourself! ;)

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      HappyMikeWritter 4 years ago

      My old granny always told me: Mike everything comes in it's time :-)

      So I just tell you the same. Stop focusing on it, stop panicking about it and forget about it. Soon or later you will come a cross to someone who turns your life upside down and make you happy :-)

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Oh Dianne,I am sorry to disappoint you..Let say that was how I saw myself but from now and on I will try to bring up the best of me .You are so sweet and a good friend.Among the favorites :d

      Sorry once again!

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      @HappyMikeWritter,Thanks so much for your support and uplifting words.Yeah,everything in it s time.You are right.Sometimes just cant help it :(I should be more patient

      Have a wonderful day,

      Thanks once again so much!

      James.

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      orange skys 4 years ago from Florida

      :D It's ok. Just do't do it again :P.

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      I hear and obey lol

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      hahaha what a delight poem ... until the ending where you are down on yourself, and I am reminded of "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he." I know this was written for months ago, and so I am hopeful you do not think such of yourself this day : )

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Faith,

      Few months ago,I was self-loathing.I degraded myself for no reason but by writing and letting go of toxic people in my life was a big step in loving myself.It was a hard step but a life ahead of me was worth-deserving all my energy and sacrifices.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Hugs,

      Tijani

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