Welcome to Day 6 #RRBC MARCH “SPOTLIGHT” Author Blog Tour!!! Author, Robbie Cheadle! @bakeandwrite

Open a new door, a collection of poems


My mind’s eye is a freestyle poem. I fell in love with freestyle poetry through reading the poems of a good blogging friend of mine. Prior to reading hers, I had never attempted this form of poetry although it is popular. Freestyle poetry is free from the limitations of regular meter or rhythm, but not completely, as it still needs to have a musical flow.

About My mind’s eye

I wrote this poem in response to a discussion with my circle of friends about whether any of us would change anything in our lives if we could go back. I have this discussion some thought subsequently and concluded that, although everything in my life is not perfect and I have my ups and downs like everybody else, my life is good enough. I would not change it as who knows what unexpected knock-on effects such change would result in.

My mind’s eye

I reflect on my life

through my mind’s eye



I open secret drawers

rummaging through

their hidden contents.

My childhood

A time of happiness


and laughter.

My teenage years

I gently probe

Pulling out memories

Like old clothes

from the cupboard of time.

I run my eye over them

looking for rents,

tears and wrinkles.

Choices that impacted

on the elastic band of my life

liked pulled threads.

My eye moves on

My early twenties

Books, university and classes,

career decisions,

boyfriends and jobs.

Time then seemed stretched

Passing slowly

Each moment full and rich.

My wedding

A wonderful day

Happiness so evident

It lies like a fog blanket

over these memories.

Buying our home,

Building our careers,

and then

our babies

those perfect little beings.

Time speeds up

the elastic band

pulls tight

almost seeming to double back on itself.

I close my mind’s eye

A sigh of relief escapes my lips

There is nothing I would change

Everything is as it should be.


Open a New Door is a poetic peep into the life of poet, Robbie Cheadle, who lives 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 the poet’s 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


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.


Robbie Cheadle





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About Shirley Harris-Slaughter

I love old buildings and history. That's why I ended up writing about the history that surrounded me all of my life - "Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community." Plus our church had closed and the school is torn down, so I felt it was imperative that we preserve the history or it would be lost forever.
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67 Responses to Welcome to Day 6 #RRBC MARCH “SPOTLIGHT” Author Blog Tour!!! Author, Robbie Cheadle! @bakeandwrite

  1. markbierman says:

    Nicely done, Robbie. You have expressed so adroitly, what many of us feel when it comes to our past.


  2. jinlobify says:

    I like this one too, Robbie. I think your reading these poems brings them to life. I could feel a whole life’s story told in this one. Great Job! Thank you, Shirley, for hosting her.


  3. olganm says:

    Beautiful poem and so true. I often wonder what would have happened if I’d decided something different but, who knows? Thanks for featuring Robbie’s poem, Shirley. I read her blog regularly, and she’s multitalented and skilled at all she does. ♥

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  4. Jim Borden says:

    the great circle of life…

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  5. Teri Polen says:

    This was wonderful, Robbie! It’s something I could totally relate to – I wouldn’t change a thing.

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  6. Shirley, thank you for hosting Robbie on her tour. Robbie, your book sounds wonderful, and I enjoyed reading your sample poems. Good luck with your tour and your book!

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  7. marianbeaman says:

    Thank you, Shirley, for hosting Robbie. 🙂

    I have read her poetry collection co-authored with Kim Blades and posted a 5-star review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2551UYTYJHVNM/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

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  8. Norah says:

    A lovely poem and reading, Robbie. Everything in life adds up to the present moment.

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  9. There are some beautiful lines in this poem, Robbie–“Choices that impacted on the elastic band of my life”. Perfect way to say it.

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  10. I’m so glad to see (and hear!) a poem from you in free verse. I love the use of metaphor, and it’s always refreshing to read of a life with no major regrets.

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    • Hi Liz, I am very fortunate, I have no regrets. I am happy with my choices and my life has changed and evolved over time. Work has never been my only interest, I’ve always had other intense interests and these have changed over time from cycling, teaching spinning in the gym, teaching at Sunday School, baking, art and now writing. I find it fulfilling.

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  11. Another beautiful poem and reading from your collection, Robbie! Sharing and looking forward to more of your wonderful imagery throughout the collection! Thanks of putting our multi-talented Robbie Cheadle in the #RRBC Spotlight on your blog, Shirley!

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  12. Frank Hubeny says:

    Very nice ending with the affirmation that everything is as it should be.

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  13. Definitely one of my favorites, Robbie. I really enjoyed this. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. beetleypete says:

    Great to see Robbie featured, with her powerful poems.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  15. Congtratulations, Robbie. Thanks to Shirley for hosting you today. Enjoyed your reading.

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  16. You are entertaining and informative at the same time, a true talent, indeed! I always look forward to seeing what you are up to. Pretty soon, you’ll have to open your own bookstore! That would be keen.

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  17. Reblogged this on Robbie's inspiration and commented:
    Thank you to talented author Shirley Harris-Slaughter for hosting me for Day 6 of the RRBC March Spotlight Author Blog Tour. I shared a reading of a freestyle poem called My Mind’s Eye for this post. Do have a look around Shirley’s lovely blog while you are then and check out her books too.

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  18. Linda Mims says:

    I might not change my life, Robbie, but I’d like to do over a few choices. Beautiful poem! Thanks for hosting, Shirley.

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  19. I can relate to this poem, Robbie! Thank you for hosting, Shirley!

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  20. Linnea Tanner says:

    Thank you, Shirley, for hosting Robbie’s blog tour. I’ve followed the blog tour and have really enjoyed learning more about Robbie and listening to her read her poems. You’ve inspired me, Robbie, with your various formats of poetry.

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    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Hi Linnea. Nice to hear your thoughts on Robbie’s poem. Thanks for stopping by.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Hi Linnea, I am really pleased to hear that you are inspired by the different formats of poetry. I have learned so much from fellow poet bloggers about different formats and it has really expanded my poetry writing horizons. I’m glad I can share a little about what I’ve learned.


  21. patgarcia says:

    Hi Robbie, Hi Shirley,
    Robbie, I love this one very much. It reminds me of what I have personally done myself. Looking back, I know I wouldn’t change a thing. Through all, God has been good to me in so many ways and I have learned through my experiences whether good or bad. They have taught me much.

    Shirley, thank you so much for hosting Robbie on your blog.
    I wish you both a lovely weekend.
    Shalom aleichem

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  22. Hi Shirley, thank you so much for hosting me today. It is appreciated. Have a lovely afternoon.

    Liked by 1 person

  23. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    Beautiful Robbie. I agree about not changing a thing!
    Thanks for hosting, Shirley.

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  24. Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

    Glad you stopped by Yvette.

    Liked by 1 person

  25. What a beautiful poem, Robbie! I could relate so much to it. Thanks for hosting today, Shirley! 🙂

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  26. Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

    Welcome Robbie. Enjoy your tour!

    Liked by 1 person

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