Welcome to the WordCrafter “Behind Closed Doors” Book Blog TourPosted: August 23, 2021
To kick off the WordCrafter Behind Closed Doors Book Blog Tour today, we have a guest post by author and poet, Robbie Cheadle. In addition to being an author and poet, Robbie is a wife and mother of two boys, which shine through in her poetry. I always find Robbie’s poetry fun and heartwarming, and her fondant masterpieces are delightful. Today’s post discusses the inspiration by one of the poems in her newly released collection of unusual poems, Behind Closed Doors. I hope you will follow the tour this week, with a different guest post from Robbie at each blog stop, it should prove to be quite interesting. Join us to learn more about this fascinating lady and her poetry.
Behind Closed Doors, a collection of unusual poems blog tour – Day 1
On the 9th of February 2021, I had been married for 20 years. So much has happened since that Friday two decades ago. We’ve lost loved ones, moved to a new house, enlarged our family with two lovely boys, progressed in our careers, and are now living through a pandemic.
Through all these years, some periods of which were joyous and some difficult and strained, my husband and I have remained the same; two contrasting personalities that complement each other.
Terence is the conservative one. He reflects and considers before he takes any action. He rarely gets angry or emotional and is peaceful and calming to be around.
I am the colourful one, always busy with four or five projects on the go. I have great passions and become deeply obsessed with things. My obsessions have changed over the years from instructing spinning and weight training in the gym, to baking, teaching Sunday School, fondant art, blogging, and writing. The subject of my enthusiasm may change, but my single-minded devotion and addiction has not.
In the beginning, Terence had one emotional, arty, and obsessive person to deal with and now, two sons later, he has three of us. Gregory and Michael are both more like me in personality and behaviour.
I wrote Contrasting Colours, one of my few metaphorical poems, as a celebration of our difference.
|My husband is….||I am….|
|a calm expanse of water; glass smooth and clear,||a whirlpool of relentless, swirling motion,|
|a gentle zephyr, mildly puffing through life,||a tornado, tearing across fields and dales,|
|a leader with a firm attitude and commanding tone,||a soldier, determinedly marching through life,|
|a tawny owl, silent, watchful and wise,||a red breasted robin; bright eyed, perky and daring,|
|a spacious cavern, silent, restful and still,||a babbling stream; vibrant, noisy and turbulent,|
|a grandfather clock, steadily marking the seconds, minutes, and hours,||a cuckoo clock that loudly announces the hour,|
|a dictionary, providing an exact and definitive meaning,||a mysterious poem with different shades of meaning,|
|a mighty redwood, solid, sturdy and dependable,||a daylily flowering in a myriad of deep and bright colours,|
|a mural painted in calming blues and greens,||a collage of bright colours; yellows, oranges and pinks.|
|classic piano; gently soothing, relaxing, and soft,||raucous Broadway tunes; loud, lusty, and energised.|
Do you think relationships work better if the couple are similar or different? Tell me in the comments.
What goes on behind closed doors: in the boardroom, after death, in the home, during lockdown, and in nature? This collection of poems, ranging from rhyming verse to twisted nursery rhymes, captures the emotions and thoughts people hide behind the masks they present to the world.
What thoughts are hidden
Behind her immobile face
Eyes cold and indifferent
Scrutinising me – hawk like
This book includes some of Robbie Cheadle’s spectacular fondant art and cakes.
Robbie Cheadle author bio
Robbie Cheadle is a South African children’s author and poet with 9 children’s books and 1 poetry book.
The 7 Sir Chocolate children’s picture books, co-authored by Robbie and Michael Cheadle, are written in sweet, short rhymes which are easy for young children to follow and are illustrated with pictures of delicious cakes and cake decorations. Each book also includes simple recipes or biscuit art directions which children can make under adult supervision.
Robbie has also published 2 books for older children which incorporate recipes that are relevant to the storylines.
Robbie has 2 adult novels in the paranormal historical and supernatural fantasy genres published under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle. She also has short stories in the horror and paranormal genre and poems included in several anthologies.
Robbie writes a monthly series for https://writingtoberead.com called Growing Bookworms. This series discusses different topics relating to the benefits of reading to children.
Robbie has a blog, https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/ where she shares book reviews, recipes, author interviews, and poetry.
Social Media Robbie Cheadle
TSL Books Author Page
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09BBR94NC
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