Welcome to the Final Day of #RRBC’s “SPOTLIGHT”Author Blog Tour @bakeandwrite! #RRBCSA @RRBC_Org @nonniejules

Welcome back, friends! I’m honored today to host the final day of RRBC’s “SPOTLIGHT” Author, the sweetheart, Robbie Cheadle! Unfortunately, this post was scheduled for another blog but their internet is down so I have been honored to open and close her tour.  Let’s all welcome Robbie back to ASK THE GOOD MOMMY! The last time she was here was March of 2020 for her WHEN THE BOMBS FELL tour.

Now, I’ll turn it all over to our guest blogger, Robbie…

“OPEN A NEW DOOR:  A COLLECTION OF POEMS”

Open A New Door by Robbie Cheadle

Open a New Door is a poetic peep into the life of the poet, Robbie Cheadle and her co-author, both of whom live in South Africa.

The book is divided into four categories: God bless Africa, God bless my family and friends, God bless me and God bless corporates and work. Each part is sub-divided into the good, the bad and the ugly of the two poets’ experiences, presented in rhyming verse, free-style, haiku and tanka, in each of these categories and include colourful depictions of their thoughts and emotions.

The purpose of this book of poetry is encapsulated in the following tanka and haiku poems:
What drives me to write?
To share my innermost thoughts
The answer is clear
It’s my personal attempt
To make some sense of this world.

Inspiration blossoms
Like the unfurling petals
Of the Desert Rose

I promise is a rhyming verse poem about the serious subject of mental health and its impact on both the sufferer and their family and loved ones. This poem is written in the rhyming form A, A, B, B.

About My mind’s eye

This poem highlights the difficulties experienced by the families of people who suffer from chronic post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The needs of the sufferer can be very invasive and seem selfish as their anxiety rises and the need for others to participate in their rituals and compulsions increases.

My mind’s eye

Words, like small pebbles, drop into my resting mind,

his own needs and desires make him emotionally blind,

no consideration for others, or ability to wait, it would seem,

it’s like a physical assault, as I try and shake off my dream.

It feels so utterly selfish, it makes me completely irate,

I react negatively to his questions, which winds him up into a state,

annoyance boils up inside me, makes my stomach churn,

I always end up capitulating, so why then, don’t I learn.

His bright and agile mind is really most deceiving,

results in a lack of understanding and others not believing,

if it was obvious, this incapacity showing on the outside,

the gulf between experiences, mine and theirs, wouldn’t be so wide.

As the source of stress nears, the questioning intensifies,

this is the self-calming technique, on which he most relies,

 it is also the most invasive, and causes the most tension,

I confirm that I promise and try to limit any further extension.

A relaxed and happy home, I have heard of such a place,

a desire so strong, it is one I can almost taste,

as he starts along the uphill path of his teenage years,

I feel my own will be fraught with concern and tears.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Robbie Cheadle

Roberta Eaton Cheadle has published nine children’s books under the name of Robbie Cheadle. She has branched into writing for adults and young adults and, in order to clearly separate her children’s books from her adult books, is writing for older readers under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle. Roberta Eaton Cheadle has published two novels for YA and adult readers and has contributed to seven anthologies.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Website

Blog

Twitter

Open a new door Day 7

Friends, thank you for dropping by to support Robbie on the last stop of her tour.  To catch up with the rest of her 7-day tour, please visit the “SPOTLIGHT” Author forum on the RRBC site and don’t forget to pick up a copy of her book above!  Lastly, we ask that you LIKE and SHARE this post, as well as the “SPOTLIGHT” Author page to your social media, to enhance Robbie’s support!

What did you think of Robbie’s poetry?  She’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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56 thoughts on “Welcome to the Final Day of #RRBC’s “SPOTLIGHT”Author Blog Tour @bakeandwrite! #RRBCSA @RRBC_Org @nonniejules

  1. Thank you, Robbie, for your beautiful poems, and thank you, Nonnie, for hosting her last lap. I will now withdraw, to read and savor my copy… This is so refreshing!

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  2. Thanks for sharing such a personal poem, and for reading it as well. It brings it to life. The issue of mental health difficulties not being visible to the naked eye and making others not think they are important, or completely miss them or not understand, is such a real problem. Often even the sufferers don’t appreciate them or think they need help because they can’t see them either.
    And if being a mother is difficult nonetheless, I can only try to imagine what it must be like. You’re very brave, my friend. Thanks, Robbie.

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  3. I think only a poet reading aloud can accurately convey the pacing the poet intended. I loved listening to you read the poem. As I have mentioned before, I appreciate your candor in writing about OCD. It allowed me in a way to write of my aunt’s likely bipolar disorder.

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    • Hi Barbara, I sometimes feature a little poetry in my novels, but it is usually not my own. It is often a period poem or song that fits with the theme of the book. I featured a nursery rhyme in Through the Nethergate and even went on to write a short story about it.

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  4. Such a true poem. My son would be described as a ‘difficult’ child–just didn’t respond they way I expected. He required a lot more from me and I happily gave it. He’s not like the children you describe but I feel an affinity for their struggles.

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  5. I never understood the struggles of someone with OCD until I saw it firsthand with a coworker. Robbie’s poem is also a reminder to me that the parenting business never quite ends. We can always find something to worry about when it comes to our kids.

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    • Hi Pete, the parenthood journey really never ends as you have said. My son is a top student and manages really well considering that his OCD centres around germs and illness. It was triggered by the 18 operations he underwent as a very young child.

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  6. Reblogged this on Robbie's inspiration and commented:
    My last post for the RRBC March Spotlight Author Blog Tour features a poem that has a lot of personal meaning for me. It is called I Promise and is about living with OCD. Thank you to Nonnie Jules for hosting this post on her lovely blog Askthegoodmommy

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  7. Hi Robbie, Hi Nonnie,
    Robbie, this poem reminds me of my main character in the book I’m writing. He has Asperger’s Syndrome and goes through these type of changes and his wife must learn how to deal with them because she promise to stand by him.
    Thank you for choosing this poem to share becaue I could close my eyes and see my character reacting. I have enjoyed touring with you and listening to your poetry. Now, I need to take the time to write my review of the book.

    Nonnie, thank you for hosting Robbie on your blog. The entire tour was amazing.

    I wish youi both a blessed and successful week.
    Shalom aleichem

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    • Hi Pat, I am so glad you could relate to this poem. I know quite a lot about post traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder so if you have any questions about it please feel free to email me. I also know a fair bit about its treatment. I am so glad you have enjoyed this tour and my book. Thank you for all your support.

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  8. I can relate a little too much with this poem. I do not have full-blown OCD, but I do have OCD tendencies which manifest as ruminations when my anxieties are high. You did a great job of sharing the inner workings of the mind, Robbie! Thanks for hosting, Nonnie! 🙂

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  9. Robbie, I am so glad you wrote this poem. I still need to buy your book. I will most likely do that this week. I can identify with this poem as I deal with someone in the household who’s dealing with severe depression. Even with depression as a diagnosis, the person thinks it’s all about him. Your insights through poetry are what we need during these challenging days. I know you’re in a different hemisphere, climate-wise, but for me, it’s springtime today. A great day for poetry!

    Thanks, Nonnie, for pinch-hitting as host and showcasing Robbie.

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    • Hi Wanda, this pandemic and the related lockdowns are definitely impacting on peoples mental health in a bad way. A lot of my work colleagues are struggling with depression and anxiety. Hopefully, the vaccinations are going to make all the difference. How wonderful that you are in spring. It is my favourite time of your. We are in autumn and it is very colourful and pretty.

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  10. Robbie, the message I got in this poem is there is a tug-of-war going on with dealing with a disability and the person who has the disability. Another one of life’s lesson.

    I love poetry that rhymes as long as I can understand it. Lol!

    Thanks for hosting Nonnie.

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    • HI Shirley, I also like poetry that I can understand and don’t think it needs to be complex to be good. OCD is an internal tug-of-war for the sufferer and is extremely difficult for the family as it really doesn’t make sense. There is no logic with OCD which can be frustrating. Thank you for all your support with this tour.

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  11. Robbie, I read your poem and then listened to your video reciting the same…did not seem like the same. Your reading was way much better. I hope you had a successful tour and wish you well. Thank you, Nonnie, for being such a gracious host for “the girl next door”.

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