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Used To Be..(a poem)

Updated on August 2, 2014
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Tijani Achamlal is an English Teacher in Nador, Morocco.He studied English Literature in Mohamed 1 Univ .

“How much longer is the world willing to endure this spectacle of wanton cruelty?”
― Bertrand Russll

“You cannot continue to victimize someone else just because you yourself were a victim once—there has to be a limit”
― Edward W.Said

Used to be a child

with a doll and bag

Used to have home and swing

School and friends


Used to fly kites

When the wind blows

Used to sledge

When the snow covers the hill

Used to climb trees,

Water flowers,

Milk our calf,

In a spare time


Used to be me,

Living my age

Used to be free

Out of cage

Sticky fingers, hair gone wild

Grass-stained knees, fancy wall artwork

Paper boats, popsicle stick dolls

Buy me candy

Take me city


Used to be..

But now gone

Like dust

Vanished

Like burst bubble,

Me,

Like never was there Used To


BOOM

House,

Parents

Burnt to crisps


I remember

Used to be in the field

That time

When the Israeli jet-fighter

Unload its lethal cargo

Like yesterday

Now


Boom Boom Boom

Rainbow aloft the foreign sky ceiling

Red, yellow, blue

Twinkly in my boy's eyes

July 4th .

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Patsybell,

      Thanks so much for the comment.It's more than sufficient :)

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Thanks so much for the comment.The poem talks about a Palestinian ,whose parents were killed by Israel, travelled to USA when he grew up.It's there where he is living now with his kids.Fireworks of July 4th reminded him of the sound of bo..mbs,which one of them tumbled down his house and killed his parents.

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      I am certainly not qualified to evaluate your poetry. You're poetry creates photos and mini movies in my head. Voted up IA

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      wow this was very good.. again wow

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Just yesterday I kept crying for long when bumped into YouTube some old cartoon serie.It reminded me of my childhood..If only I could return back sigh

      Have a nice day there.Thanks so much !

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi James lovely write about what you use to be :) Time changes and so do men, now your all grown up and the cycle starts over where you'll have kids that do the same things you use to do.

      Have a bless day

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Jamie,

      Thanks so much !I appreciate it !

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Powerful. Well done. Jamie