By : Hatem Dhwibi  a.k.a CoOL Burn


And I found myself on a plane..

I found myself on a plane going to the United States of America, I had my tickets and my visa in my hand, how did I get a visa from Tunisia to America is a long story but not to be told because it won’t be understood as I want it to. Monday at 4 pm was my departure from Tunis-Carthage airport, my mother, my sister and her husband, two of my best male friends, three of my closest female friends, my aunt and her daughter, they all came to say goodbye, they thought that their coming will make it easy for me but that just made it harder, I could hardly held my tears because I always want to stand strong, they cried and I smiled at them, I bet that my mother was praying for a good reason to happen so it holds me back but I also know that she wants me to run after my ambitions, she was just scared and I wished I could hug her more. I couldn’t stand leaving her and I still can’t but I have to because I, like most of the Tunisians, found out that Tunisia is despair.  I had a plan of what I will be doing when I get to America but as I stepped in the plane, everything was gone, all my thoughts has disappeared, I was like a new born, so I took my seat and I decided to wait and see.

My first station was the Doha International Airport, a very big airport, I spent more than an hour trying to figure out the entries and the exists, I hated the process of checking in and out over and over, I had to take off my shoes and my belt and everything several times. I’ve reached there at midnight, I had to wait until 8 am for my next flight to the Dallas International Airport. Now here is what confuses me the most and I still can’t figure it out ; my departure from Doha airport was November the 14th at 8 am, I’ve reached the Dallas airport November the 14th at 3 pm, but from Doha to Dallas I spent 15 hours in the air..!! isn’t that confusing? The Dallas airport was even bigger but I already get used to being lost so I knew how to figure it out, thank God I could read the signs, I had to wait again from 3 pm to 9 pm for my next flight to my final destination Arkansas, Ft Smith, I’ve reached Ft. Smith at 10 pm, a tiny sweet comfortable airport and I was like “ that’s an airport”.

I didn’t let myself compare between where I was and where I am, as far as I saw, there’s no similarities, way too different worlds. The next morning I just couldn’t hold myself so I went to explore the shops and restaurants and so, I went to Walmart, anything whatever it is that you might be looking for is in Walmart.


I believe that every place in this world has a history, so for sure there should be some history in Arkansas, my thought was right. From Ft. Smith I headed to the North-East side, to VAN BUREN, just over the Arkansas river, there was the old town of VAN BUREN, this town goes back to the Western days, the 1860s, when there used to be an Indian territory there and most of the people who lived there were outlaws.

 “The blue and the grey”, an old movie that was filmed mainly in the main street of VAN BUREN  town, and as I went there, I found workers trying to turn the street into dirt in order to film another movie. I came back by the bridge heading South-West to the Fort Smith National Historic Site, the closer I get to the site, the stronger the voices become, I was hearing voices and seeing picture on my way calling for Judge Parker, then I figured out that the history of that place was mainly around the judge ISSAC CHARLES PARKER, an exciting story to be told in my next article…

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About Cool Burn Hatem

Hatem Dhwibi, a.k.a CooL Burn. A black guy from South Tunisia, kebili. Born in the second of december, 1988, but for him, he's not born yet. His life, the life he's looking forward didn't start yet. Cool Burn is the nickname he picked up for himself as a reflection of his person. Cool because he smiles, whether its time for a smile or not, he says : "i smile because i can". Burn, because he's burning from the inside, flames no one knows about, may be even no one could understand, so he's keeping himself a secret. Graduated from the higher institute of languages as an english teacher, he got the impression of his teachers and colleges especially during oral presentation sessions. He wanted to carry on courses but life didn't want him to. He lives in big-small city in the south. Big in space but small in content. He says : "dreams is what keeps me alive" He is ambitious, his dreams has no limits. He achieved some and still struggling for the rest. His father died when he was 13 years old, that left him a scar. 13 years after the death, he made the first song about his father called "R.i.P dad", in which he describes what happened that day and what he felt and of course using english language, making a duet with his friend whose father died recently. Music for him is a release, a remedy, so he writes, sometimes he records when able, other times he just keep his verses on papers. His mom is his first lady, he says :" no one and nothing comes before mom even i" Not much seen in his life but enough for him to learn how to survive. Contact info: Email : Facebook : Hatem Cool Burn Fone : +216 28 086 670