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 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.
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.
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.
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