Open a new door – A collection of poems
Open a New Door is a poetic peep into the lives of the poets, Kim Blades and Robbie Cheadle, 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
Two poetic peeps into life in Southern Africa
The boys under the bridge by Robbie Cheadle
In the prayer position;
He crouches on the ground;
His dire need obvious;
Without his uttering a sound.
At this traffic light he begs;
Whether it’s shine or rain;
Hair prematurly greying;
Eyes darkened with pain.
Where does he come from?
This homeless youth;
What hapless encounter
caused the loss of a tooth?
He is one of a number;
That spend their lives this way;
Sheltering under the bridge;
At the end of each day.
Wrapped up in blankets;
Among the litter and the dirt;
With life-threatening illness;
Each day they must flirt.
No hope and no prospects;
It rents at your heart;
Will their poverty and ignorance;
Always keep them apart?
This poem was inspired by a group of young African boys, aged between 15 and about 18 years old, who beg at the traffic light outside a major shopping centre I frequent. It is a tragedy to watch them, crouching on the ground and begging for a crust of bread, week after week. Gradually their spirits and health deteriorate from the hard life.
When the sun comes up in Africa by Kim Blades
Against a rinsed blue sky
the sun comes up entirely gold
with no pink or purple streaks of dye
a new dawn is painted on a canvas bold.
The horizon’s a gleaming molten shield,
the sun a powerful ascending fist
it’s fire spilling over savanna and field
warming the earth and evaporating mist.
Light is spread, and darkness devoured
hot thermals rise high and owls go roost
Vlei-rats are safer, and fish-eagles empowered
leopards copy owls and wild-dogs run loose.
An event of raw, evocative power
An unblemished sky cradling a golden cup,
The pure, primal dawning hour –
when Africa’s sun comes up.
I am an early riser and, for me sunrise is a powerful inspirational tool and one of my most productive writing times. Dawn in the African bush is full of raw, evocative power and beauty.
About the authors
Kim Blades’ poetry is a written depiction of her life in Durban, South Africa. In 1966, at the age of three, Kim emigrated from England with her parents, material grandmother, older sister and nine-year old German Shepherd. She enjoyed a fantastic childhood on the Bluff, a relatively underdeveloped coastal suburb of Durban. Her house was only a ten-minute walk from pristine beaches as well as natural bush, where Kim spend a lot of time searching for snakes, chameleons and other wildlife; Gerald Durrell style.
Kim spend long weekends camping in the mountains of the Drakensburg, which was much more rustic then than it is today. It was a favourite place for her family to visit during the winter months when snow covered the highest peaks.
Kim wanted to become a game ranger after leaving school, but this was not open to women as a career until more than a decade after Kim matriculated from school in 1980, by which time Kim was teaching English and History at a high school.
Kim got married at 32 years of age and had two sons, both of whom are working now. Kim’s wonderful childhood in a country [South Africa] that she loves and her two children, have been and always will be, her greatest inspiration.
Robbie, short for Roberta, is an author with five published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with her son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series, one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about her mother’s life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II called While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with her mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton) and one book of poetry, Open a new door, co-authored with Kim Blades.
All of Robbie’s children’s book are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications.
Robbie has recently branched into adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential her children’s books from her adult writing, these will be published under Roberta Eaton Cheadle.
Robbie has two short stories in the horror/supernatural genre included in Dark Visions, a collection of 34 short stories by 27 different authors and edited by award winning author, Dan Alatorre. These short stories are published under Robbie Cheadle.
Books by Robbie Cheadle
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Blogs: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/; https://robertawrites235681907.wordpress.com/; and https://bakeandwrite.co.za/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bakeandwrite; https://twitter.com/RobertaEaton17
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