A Poem by a Teacher in Tunisia, Hamdi Erestreams

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Part of the series: Global Issues in Education
I love that I am able to develop relationships with educators from around the world through social media. The stories I hear inspire me to continue striving to provide free professional development opportunities and resources. In many parts of the world, educators have to struggle to develop Personal/Passionate Learning Networks online because they lack home access to the Internet. Hamdi Erestreams is one of these educators. He has been teaching students English in Tunisia for over 12 years and would be a valuable educator anywhere. He speaks three languages fluently, Arabic, French, and English. He is also very passionate about being an educator and is hoping to connect with someone in the UK or the US to do a teacher stay program. Hamdi is dedicated to professional development and visits an Internet cafe weekly to connect with other educators and access resources. I met Hamdi on Facebook. He shared this poem. I think it would be great for English teachers to share with their students.
In Days Gone By
Painful that late SaturdayHeading north by train some years ago in MayTheir eyes met in such an accidental wayOn that late SaturdayYears and years of longings went byShe looked the samethough her eyes seemed beaten by timefaint memories awokeHeavily, yet they never spokeOf olden moments somewhereOf olden joys at the town squareHe left his seat…walked away…to flee the beat..He hates memories that hurt and eat————————————————————-Hamdi Erestreams is an EFL teacher from Tunisia. He has a BA in English language and literature and in 1991 he received his Proficiency Certificate from Brighton University. He is interested in translation, test construction, media and literary studies,and poetry. Read another poem of his on the Teaching Village blog.

What are your favorite ways to teach students poetry?

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