Treasuring Poetry – Meet poet and writer Penny Wilson #poetry #poetrycommunity #treasuringpoetry

Which of your own poems is your favourite?

Trying to choose a favorite poem of my own, is like trying to choose a favorite child! Writing is an incredibly personal thing and our creations become our “babies”.  Looking back through poems that I’ve written in the past, I will come across one that really strikes me as being exceptional.  I’m often surprised by what I find on these journeys of reminiscing. 

But to answer your question, today, right now, I think my favorite poem is called Poetry Of My Heart .

The poetry of my heart

spills onto the page

in blue ink

and fervent sighs

The poetry of my heart

is written on the wings

of dreams

and nights

of longing

The poetry of my heart

negate shadows of terrors

not voiced

The poetry of my heart

stands tall

against this world

What inspired you to write this poem?

I don’t know if any One Thing was the inspiration for this poem.  In essence, I’m saying that my poetry will speak for me when I cannot and I find a lot of power and freedom in that. 

What are your plans for your poetry going forward?

I am currently going through past poems of mine, published and unpublished in order to compile them to submit for publishing in a book or Chapbook.

What is your favourite poem?

My favorite poem?  This is a very difficult question.  I have many, many beloved works of poetry.  Since joining the WordPress community, that love has expanded 10-fold and continues to grow. 

My mother dedicated a poem to me when I was very young, called “Ordinary Miracles”, by Erica Jong.  This is probably still a favorite poem of mine.

Spring, rainbows,
ordinary miracles
about which
nothing new can be said.

The stars on a clear night
of a New England winter;
the soft air of the islands
along the old
Spanish Main;
pirate gold shining
in the palm;
the odor of roses
to the lover’s nose. . .

There is no more poetry
to be written
of these things.
The rainbow’s sudden revelation–
The cliché is true!
What can one say
but that?

So too
with you, little heart,
little miracle,

but you are
no less miracle
for being ordinary.

Why do you like this poem?

I like this poem because it always reminds me of my mother and her love for me.  To her, I was her “little miracle”.  It has always held a special place in my heart because of that.


Thank you, Penny, for being a wonderful guest. I really loved both your poetry choices and am delighted at the idea your mother dedicated a poem to you. What a lovely idea. I look forward to reading your book in due course.

About Penny Wilson

Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing.  Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review.  Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America’s Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing, Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. You can find more of her writings on her blog at and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.

About Robbie Cheadle

Robbie Cheadle is a South African children’s author and poet with eleven children’s books and two poetry books.

The eight 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 and Michael have also written Haunted Halloween Holiday, a delightful fantasy story for children aged 5 to 9 about Count Sugular and his family who hire a caravan to attend a Halloween party at the Haunted House in Ghost Valley. This story is beautifully illustrated with Robbie’s fondant and cake art creations.

Robbie has published two books for older children which incorporate recipes that are relevant to the storylines.

Robbie has two 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 Cheadle contributes two monthly posts to, namely, Growing Bookworms, a series providing advice to caregivers on how to encourage children to read and write, and Treasuring Poetry, a series aimed at introducing poetry lovers to new poets and poetry books.

In addition, Roberta Eaton Cheadle contributes one monthly post to called Dark Origins: African Myths and Legends which shares information about the cultures, myths and legends of the indigenous people of southern Africa.

Robbie has a blog, where she shares book reviews, recipes, author interviews, and poetry.

Find Robbie Cheadle



Twitter: BakeandWrite


Facebook: Sir Chocolate Books


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31 Comments on “Treasuring Poetry – Meet poet and writer Penny Wilson #poetry #poetrycommunity #treasuringpoetry”

  1. Thank you for this, Robbie. I am honoured to be included in your “Treasuring Poetry”.

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  2. Reblogged this on Robbie's inspiration and commented:

    Today I am delighted to welcome poet and writer, Penny Wilson, as my Treasuring Poetry guest. Thanks for hosting, Kaye Lynne Booth

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  3. Beautiful poem, Penny, and I love your inspiration. Who could ask for more of poetry than that it “will speak for me when I cannot”

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  4. beetleypete says:

    Shared both posts on Twitter for you and Penny, Robbie.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. Staci Troilo says:

    I love that your mother dedicated a poem to you. What a treasure!

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  6. What a lovely interview and beautiful poems, Penny. I love that your mom dedicated a poem to you, and how sweet that it’s still a favorite. And beautiful too. Thanks, Robbie and Kaye Lynne.

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  7. olganm says:

    Thanks for introducing us to Penny, Robbie. Her choices are beautiful and inspiring. Good luck to her with the book she’s working on.

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  8. It’s good to meet Penny today! I concur with others about the poem her mother dedicated to her. Very special. All the best to her as she curates her poems for publication!

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  9. YES, this is what I feel about poetry – mine and those of others that speak to my heart. Your poem definite does here, Penny. I think we are similar poets (although I’m not a poet – I’m just a person who tries words to speak for me, in lines). Wonderful to meet you here, and thank you Robbie!

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  10. memadtwo says:

    Penny, what a lovely gift from your mother. Thanks for sharing it. (K)

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  11. Lovely to meet Penny through this post, Robbie! She writes from her heart touching other hearts.

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  12. Reblogged this on Penny Wilson Writes and commented:
    The Lovely and talented Robbie Cheadle at Writing to Be Read, runs a series of posts called Treasuring Poetry. I am honored to have been asked by her to participate in this for 2022. Below, please see the interview that Robbie did of me. Be sure to spend some time on Robbie’s blog as she is a talent that you don’t want to miss. Not only is Robbie a published author, but she also offers publishing services.

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  13. Thank you for the introduction to Penny, And loved reading her favourite poem dedicated by her Mother… Beautiful…. ❤ Thank you for sharing..

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  14. Christy B says:

    Such a great interview. Well done, ladies. Penny, that’s so sweet what you say about being your mom’s little miracle.

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  15. markbierman says:

    Nice to meet you, Penny. I really enjoyed your poem and I think it’s sweet that your Mother dedicated a poem to you when you were a child. Thanks for the introduction, Robbie.

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