Monday, 4 August 2014

Strange Common Sense!





You are suspect of being a warmonger
I was just eradicating sources of danger
You shot a man while he was trying to pee
He was holding dynamite under a tree
You injured an old man on his farmland
His anxious face slammed into my hand
You wrecked houses with great wrath
They came into my missiles flight path
You murdered  a lot of innocent children
They failed to elude my smart weapon
You killed tens because of one suspect
They were human shields ready to protect
You used weapons of mass destruction
They used rockets that feared my nation
I really deem this a flagrant genocide
Hey! I'm talking about Palestine
Oh! Sorry! Not guilty...That’s fine


© Chaouki M’kaddem
July 18th, 2014

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

A Teacher Can Be a Peacemaker

Dear teacher,
Peace is the key to vitality in any school community
Where there is the potential for conflicts and hostility
Detecting dormant volcanoes is an urgent necessity
Alas, schools can't afford experts. What a bitter reality!
Thank God you are there! You are a precious commodity

Dear teacher,
A person in your position is gifted with true intuition
You are adept at dealing with colleague sand children
You have a talent for social interactions and persuasion
And classroom management is your forte and inclination
Never doubt your flair for conflict resolution and prevention

Dear teacher,
Be an example of duty and common goal devotion
Be a model of self-control and emotional regulation
Manage your clashing interests through negotiation
Assess options to reach mutually suitable solutions
Build co-operative and supportive working relations

Dear teacher,
Another positive problem solving strategy is mediation
Have disputing parties talk and exchange information
Let them reflect on what they feel about the situation
Forget about blame; invite them to think of a solution
Remember, parents make kids; you make generations

© Chaouki M’kaddem
June 10th, 2014


Tuesday, 3 June 2014

You Are the Sun


You're the sun I never shun
Besides you, I cherish none
You're the prize I've ever won
For hard times, joy and fun
You proved to be the one

You're my source of light
You made my life so bright
I am ravished with delight
Whether here or out of sight
I remain your grateful knight

© Chaouki Mkaddem
June 3rd, 2014

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Earth Day!

Once again, Earth Day is ahead
Awareness will still be spread
Among the deaf and the dead
While species are sent to a deathbed,
While millions of people are underfed,
While we still sense environmental dread
Permeating the air, water and land
Don't you think nothing remained unsaid?
Feelings of compassion won't amend
What has been done by a bloody hand
Why not turn to actions instead?

Let's make Earth Day every day and night
Let's be willing to lend a hand and donate
And join every environmentalists' parade
Let's stop plants and animal trade
And be part of every anti-poaching brigade
Let's take measures against every oil spill
And protect wilderness from every oil drill
Let's confront every unethical company
And make everything environmentally friendly
None over natural resources has supremacy
Only those who care for the globe safety

© Chaouki M'kaddem
April 4th, 2014

I Am Not a God!

I am not a God to hear her silence
I can sense her mind's ambiance
I am not a God to read her thoughts
I can feel her slightest expressions
I am not a God to foresee her future
I can predict her success and failure
I am not a God to map out her destiny
I can just pray to enjoy her company
I daren’t contradict God's will
Otherwise, I will lose everything

I am a mere human being
who has a definite margin

© Chaouki Mkaddem     
May 28th, 2013

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Just Listen!

Just listen! I won't tell you any wonder
Your issues with feminine gender
And belief that women only hinder
Are but bigotry wrapped in anger

Just listen! I won't tell you any wonder
Be cool and don't lose your temper
Why don't you pause and ponder
And see women's luster and splendor?

Just listen! I won't tell you any wonder
Think of your roots and first ancestor
And how all of you get a successor
Certainly, there's always a great partner

Just listen! I won't tell you any wonder
You certainly have a grandma and mother
And maybe an aunt, daughter or sister
Think how they made your dreams broader

Just listen! I won't tell you any wonder
Scroll through history with a wise cursor
And sail into the wide blue yonder
You will see you had the wrong number

Just listen! I won't tell you any wonder
Your chauvinism and attempts to murder
Her ambitions, creativity and ardor
Just strengthen her and boost her willpower

Just listen! I won't tell you any wonder
Be honest! Are your claims a mere blunder?
Seek truth deep in you or any further
Don't you think it's time to surrender?

© Chaouki M'kaddem
March 6th, 2014

Monday, 24 February 2014

What a Rhyme!

Once upon a time
Souls drenched in grime
Wanted words to rhyme
Sought immorality and crime
The framework of their paradigm
That inspired the craved rhyme:

Fake democracy is our best policy
To conceal our conspiracy
And veil our greed and hypocrisy
Grass roots follow our tendency
In the name of transparency
Which will be our long-life currency

Luckily, there are honest souls
Sworn to sublime goals
To eradicate these hellholes
Kill off the voracious voles
Restore democracy's real roles
And harmonize different souls


© Chaouki M’kaddem
February 21st, 2014

See How You Create Liars and Crooks

He's become a wardrobe full of cloaks
Like a lizard with different looks
To please your tastes, selfish folks
You drove him to pretend and coax
And custom-make a vesture of hoax
To fit the characters in your own books

© Chaouki M’kaddem
February 19th, 2014

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Life Has Roots

He who says past is past is a liar
A dormant volcano hides fire
Memories are there; they never expire
Their resurrection rejuvenates all desire
To make of you a dreamer and a lofty aspirer
Past, Present, Future are but a circuit with no wire

© Chaouki M’kaddem
February 1st, 2014

Listen to a Citizen!

Blah... Blah... Blah...
Hush and hold still!
You sent me through the mill
You made my head a landfill
You're only casting a chill
That chains both my soul and will

You've made me constantly ill
You're no longer a bitter pill
It seems you don't know the drill
Leave the stage to those who fit the bill
As you're already over the hill

© Chaouki M’kaddem
January 22nd, 2014

Thursday, 16 January 2014

A Piercing Cry

She turned into a yellowish leaf
Due to despair and abiding grief
Wishing it to end or be brief
Nonchalance killed her belief
In kindness or any hasty relief

She was about to die
None heard her sigh
She sent a piercing cry
Roaring in the sky
Burdened with a huge 'why?'

Why have you taken a stand,
Not to care or lend a hand?
Why can't you be a real friend?
You're just living in dreamland
Where your life is built on sand

© Chaouki M’kaddem
January 11th, 2014

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

My Own Cogito

I won't be able to think after death.
Thus, if I stop thinking, I'll pass away.
I won't be able to learn after death.

Thus, if I stop learning I'll die.

People will use the knowledge I taught.

Thus, I am an immortal teacher.
People will read what I wrote.

Thus, I am an immortal writer.

I have to keep on thinking and learning to live longer.
I have to keep on teaching and writing to live forever.

© Chaouki Mkaddem
July 2nd, 2013

Tell Me!


I wonder why some people do not ponder
Before acting or uttering words of wonder
Is it out of denseness or narrowness?
Or maybe due to immaturity or impulsiveness?
Or just to vex or show rudeness?
Are they aware of the repercussions
Of their irresponsible actions
and verbal aggression?
Shall we resort to avoidance
Or wear a costume of patience?


© Chaouki Mkaddem
July 9th, 2013

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Tunisia


Tunisia is a North African country
Bordering on the Mediterranean Sea,
Algeria and Libya and not far from Italy
Rich with cultural diversity because of its history

Tunisia has existed for millennia
Its roots grew deep in every era
And attracted every mania
For expansion and eudaimonia

It fascinated the people of Phoenicia
Who founded the cities of Carthage and Utica
That neighbored the land of Numidia
And flourished solely in the whole area

Carthage became the envy of the Roman Empire
That waged in three Punic wars and set the city on fire
Then garnished the entire area with Roman attire
That has stood still for centuries and refused to expire

Other civilizations succeeded to the land of Tunisia
The Vandals came and so did people from Arabia
Then the Ottoman Empire usurped the area
And retained it until the French colonial era

A resistance was born to struggle for national liberation
Seventy-five years needed to become an independent nation
Habib Bourguiba led the independence generation
To build the nation focusing on public health and education

The prospect of enjoying democracy was but a dream
The first leader started a well-tailored autocratic regime
After thirty-one years, a new tyrant burst on the scene
But overthrown by the oppressed population’s piercing scream           

The Jasmine Revolution brought relief and liberty
And has inspired the whole world of the possibility
Of change and overturning any tyranny
And become the masters of their own destiny

The prospect of democracy is likely to become a dream
Despite the chaos, we still see a gleam
Of hope…

© Chaouki Mkaddem
June 18th, 2013

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Be An Interactive Teacher!

Dear teacher,

It's the early twenty-first century
Time to check your  teaching inventory
So as  to adapt a rich variety
Of classroom roles to share the territory
With learners and afford them mastery
Of their own learning and discovery

Dear teacher,
Say adieu to autocracy and welcome democracy
Overwhelm learners with much interest and courtesy
Create classroom dynamics with great efficiency
And perform an array of roles with high proficiency
To empower learners to achieve the intended competency
And use the target language with accuracy and fluency

Dear teacher,
Get rid of the way you were taught
To get off to a flying start
Facilitate learning and avoid learning by heart
No more prevailing instructions, use directions instead
Make your guidance and assistance a work of art
And make the learning on students' part

Dear teacher,
We live in the information technology age

Time to be a tech-savvy to update your page
And time for learners to take the stage
Forget about being the only source of knowledge
And create productive learning environments to engage
Learners to develop skills needed in the workplace

© Chaouki Mkaddem
June 13th, 2013

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Luck!



Luck never happens luckily
It has a well-defined itinerary
To reach a target immediately
It may pass by you airily
And if you are a bit lucky
You can grab a puff so quickly
Otherwise, you will lament its fatality

© Chaouki Mkaddem
June 1st, 2013

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Know Your Learners!



Dear teacher,

Piaget, Vygotsky and Bruner
Refuted any speculative rumour
Presuming the teacher is the knowledge owner
And the child is a passive acquirer
They sought deep inside the learner,
Assembled an empirical picture
To help motivate the language teacher
To be an excellent classroom practitioner
And assume the role of a facilitator
The former proved the learner
To be an active individual and thinker
A discoverer and meaning constructor
The second had inspired the latter  
They both emphasized the child’s social nature
That is tied to a society and a rich culture
And within the ZPD can be an effective grasper
Through interactions with a more knowledgeable partner
Like a caregiver scaffolding a toddler

© Chaouki Mkaddem
June 1st, 2013

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Rise!



Ups and downs nurture life

Patience and endurance help you survive

Never know when life can supply or deprive

Jumping into despair is a futile dive

Why not refrain and derive?

Seek your potentials to contrive

Original ways to strive

Against balks all along your drive

Never lose hope, but thrive

Till life gives you five!


© Chaouki Mkaddem     
May 28th, 2013

Monday, 27 May 2013

Don’t Be Inane



Get rid of the train
That roars in your brain
Your sanity is likely to wane
Relying only on others is in vain
Many of them are eager to feign
And over you, they tend to reign
Once they mesmerize you, they will never refrain
Break the chain and seize your own rein
Only your own wits can help you attain
The shoreline before you faint

© Chaouki Mkaddem

May 27th, 2013

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Time!


He who is past his prime
Feels his life has ceased to rhyme
Sees his future a steep climb
Never dares to get off the dime
Too afraid to walk on the slime
Frozen as if mantled with a rime
Does nothing but blame it on time


He who is in his heyday
Has no shame to betray
Who, for him, smoothed the way
And let him hit the bull’s eye
Considering time to be a reliable ally
Alas! “No Mercy” is coming his way
Carrying his own doomsday



© Chaouki M’kaddem
May 21st, 2013

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

We Long for Peace



No need to retrace
Previous faults or disgrace
Just look ahead and think twice
How lovely it could be nice
If we live together in one place                
 
With good grace
Show a smiling face
That fills the whole space
With a message of peace
That none dare to efface


© Chaouki M’kaddem

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Monday, 14 January 2013

Why Commemorate?



Two years ago, we were the spring

We thought it would grace us lifelong

Alas, our prospects were wrong!   

Then came the summer before long

Lacking pity and insisted to prolong

Torridity and tensions till dried everything

Every party is clutching a shameful prong

To get involved in an everlasting ding-dong

So selfish that they can sell the people for a song 

I wonder why the revolution observance

While we are still waiting for its nascence

I believe patriotism is of the essence

Time to break the silence

Let’s first establish collective conscience

Let’s first spread tolerance

Let’s first forget about vengeance

Let’s first eradicate ignorance…

They are the key to our puissance

© Chaouki M’kaddem

January 14th, 2013



Saturday, 12 January 2013

Crucial Years

Dear teacher,

When it comes to teaching teenagers

Never deem them absurd or strangers

They are wandering at crossroads

And undergoing changing behaviors

To find themselves in their own sculptures



Dear teacher,

Adolescence is a developmental phase

Teens are vulnerable these crucial days

Busying themselves clearing up the haze

Relying on their own to elbow their ways

Be patient! it is but a temporarily craze



Dear Teacher,

Dealing with teens is ne’er humdrum

They are curious and adventuresome

They seek autonomy and freedom

In their kingdom you are welcome

If you understand their own anthem



Dear teacher,

Tailor your activities to engage them

Let them feel important and awesome

Evince interest in their lives and realm

Carefully, allow them to be at the helm

Together, you can indite a lovely poem

© Chaouki M’kaddem

January 12th, 2013