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Dreams of Suffering – Poetry from Morocco

Dreams of Suffering – Poetry from Morocco
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There is no way out of complaining except seeing existence smiling. There is no solution of crying except wiping the tears

Dr. Abdeljabbar Choukri, a psychologist, sociologist, poet and writer from Casablanca, Morocco shares his poetry  

Dr. Abdeljabbar Choukri - Sindh CourierDr. Abdeljabbar Choukri, a psychologist, sociologist, poet and writer, was born in Rabat, Morocco. He is the holder of a Doctorate with a very distinction in sociology from Mohammed V University, Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences, Rabat/Morocco. He also holds a Doctorate in Psychology with distinction from DIANA International College in the United Kingdom / Britain, and a Doctorate in Philosophy with distinction from SMRT International College, UK. He is the holder the first honorary doctorate in literature (poetry and novel) from the Arab Academy of Literature and second honorary doctorate in literature from the Hazar Academy for Poetry and Literature; a diploma in Education Sciences from the Faculty of Education Sciences from the Faculty of Education Sciences in Rabat, Mohammed V University, Rabat / Morocco; TCF French language diploma; a diploma in the French language DAKF, levels of the European Institute for Teaching French Languages in the European Union, from the French Cultural Center in Casablanca/Morocco.  He also holds a bachelor’s degree in English language and English literature in college, Arts and Human Sciences, Ain Shaqi, Hassan II University, Casablanca, Morocco. He published many books in psychology and sociology, and poetry collections. He is author of many articles in Arabic, French and English newspapers.



There is no way out of complaining

Except seeing existence smiling

There is no solution of crying

Except wiping the tears

There is no outlet of sadness

Except to fill the soul with joy

There is no collapse of despair

Except you cling to hope

There is no way to get rid of depression

Except by indulging in laughter

There is no pleasure in life

Except the giving of love

There is no, no and no

And there is except,

Except and except.


But in a moment of the time

I go to embrace the night

I complain to it my worries

I bring back my memories

From the past since my childhood

I find nothing only fluctuations in feelings

I find nothing only fluctuations in behavior

I find nothing only fluctuations in promises


I remember when l was a child

My mother tells me Arab stories

One Thousand and One Nights

About Shahrayar and Scheherazade

About the enchanted palace

About Beauty of princess and the Beast


I find myself navigating

In my mother’s stories in Arab tales

She talks to me and talks to me

Until I fall asleep in deep sleep.



The first existential storm facing

My Ego in front of otherness

With all its manifestations

In existence we appear

Each other during our life

At a moment of my conscience

I discover that the otherness

Moving by through the persons

And through the words and things


In the bottom of my existence

There is the Ego and the other

The other is me, but who is not me

The other like me, but he is different to me

The other exists out of my Ego

And out of my awareness

The ‘Other’ is another Ego

He has his other self-objective,

Existence in the universe

He has his own consciousness

Like me

He has his own freedom

Like me

He has his own will

Like me


Everything we say about Ego

We say it also about ‘Other’

And in the opposite

Everything we say about ‘Other’

We say it also about the Ego

That means there are a dual entities

In the existence: the Ego and the ‘Other’

In order to live together

For eternity and forever


The Ego and the other

Have the same human being

The other has the same human body

Like me

The other has the same feeling

Like me

Through otherness l feel myself

Through otherness l hug the existence

Through otherness l feel

The pain of the existence

Through otherness l immerse

Myself in human concerns


The Ego establish with the ‘Other’

Authentic communication

Then there is the dialogue between them

This dialogue leads

To presenting arguments

And evidence for an issue

The philosopher Plato

Shows that the contradictory dialogue

Is a good way to obtain

An agreement of conscience

They explain their reasons

To each other

And forces themselves to examine

The other’s reasons


This dialogue between

The Ego and the ‘Other’

Leads to the cooperation

Two conjoined double existences

The Ego and the Other

As philosopher Heidegger said

Side by side In different worlds

Each one has his own experience

The process of existence

Is imposed at each other

Without theirs will

If they want to coexist each other

They should benefit from

Each other’s experience

And continue the process of existence

Then The relationship between

The Ego and the Other

It is a cooperative relationship


In this confrontation in dialogue

born interaction and attraction

Between the Ego and the Other

Which lead exactly to the benevolence

Between Ego and Other

As Aristotle said

This benevolence leads to friendship

The friendship is love for each other

And wish well both of them


But in the brightness the otherness

Appears clearly In front of human eyes

There is no puns and disappearances

Every behavior expresses its meaning

Every action or event appears

With its Symbolism

Everything becomes justified

In the name of love and humanity

In the name of interest and necessity

In the name of logic and reason


The Ego in front of the ‘Other’

Each of them has his independent being

Independent freedom

Independent will

Independent mind

And independent decision

In this independent being appears

The respect for their own being


In other hand the humanity itself

Is the dignity as

Philosopher Kant said

When l respect the dignity

Of the other l respect my humanity

And when l insulted the dignity

Of the Other In the same time

I insult my humanity


The dignity according to Kant is

Not turning a person into

A tool or means for others to use

Dignity is not being subject

To the guardianship of another

Is not loss of will,

Is not loss Freedom

Is not loss thinking.


Prepared by Angela Kosta Academic, journalist, writer, poet, essayist, literary critic, editor, translator


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