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Open a new door, a collection of poems


Today’s poem was inspired by the famous poem, Television, by Roald Dahl. In this poem, Roald Dahl takes a humorous look at the problem of children watching excessive amounts of TV and no longer reading.

My poem, called The grandparents, isn’t about as important a topic, but it takes a humorous look at the significant role of grandparents in our modern world. Many of us rely heavily on grandparents to help us raise our children in double income and busy homes.

About The grandparents

I wrote this poem about all the grannies and granddads that help their children to bring up their grandchildren in this crazy modern world of ours. I frequently see them at the school, filling in when mom and dad can’t be there and helping out everywhere they can. God bless grannies and granddads everywhere.


The grandparents


You’ll find them everywhere you look,

quietly observing from every cranny and nook,

drinking tea with friends in a local tea house,

in a pet store showing the children a mouse,

cheering on the team at a school hockey match,

in a chicken coop, helping the chicks to hatch,

at the hospital, bringing flowers to a friend,

at a play, watching until the very end.


They take the grandkids overnight,

they help resolve a sibling fight,

 they build a pirate island in the sand pit,

they search and find a missing soccer kit,

they teach our children not to stare,

and soothe them after a horrid nightmare,

they help us with our daily grind,

to our pressures and stress, they are not blind,

they support us through our daily toil,

although their comments can make the blood boil.


Their selective hearing can be hard to take,

you shout so loud, the dead could wake,

“No need to shout”, they say,

“we heard you clearly”,

sometimes it’s lucky for them,

we love them so dearly,

the dinner is too salty,

the cake is too sweet,

“Where did you find such frightfully tough meat”,

it’s easier to sit back and let them cook the dinner,

although watching them makes you feel like a sinner,

 and their criticism of our parenting style,

is enough our delicate feelings to rile.


There are so many positives to their involvement,

you couldn’t possibly bear any resentment,

I salute the moms and dads of the post war generation,

who changed the world with their determined inspiration.



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

About the author

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.


Thanks so much for stopping by to support my talented friend Robbie Cheadle, #RRBC SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR of the month. Robbie and I would love to hear from you. ~Bette A. Stevens

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Comments on: "RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’S MARCH “SPOTLIGHT” Author Blog Tour!!! Welcome talented multi-genre #RRBC Author Roberta Cheadle" (130)

  1. I enjoyed this poem. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Oh wow! This is such good read. Thank you.

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  3. Hi Bette. I’m sorry to be so late, but glad I didn’t completely miss this post. Robbie is so versatile. Kudos to you both on this lovely post. Hugs on the wing!

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  4. Robbie, you captured what it means to be a grandparent. I know, I am one of them. It is such a beautiful place to be after life’s struggles and well-deserved retirement. Congrats! Thank you, Bette, for hosting her.

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  5. Shirley Harris-Slaughter said:

    Wow Robbie, you have over 100 likes. I couldn’t see my avatar and that is when I noticed the number. Congratulations to you. You are one popular person. Congratulations on your tour as well. You’ve been very busy. I enjoyed your video trailer. Its a nice change.

    Thank you Bette for hosting and sharing.

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  6. I’m pleased to say that I’m one of those grandparents. 🙂

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  7. much enjoyed this – thanks Bette & Robbie 🙂

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  8. Delightful! Thank you for having Robbie here, Bette. As a grandparent, I truly enjoyed the poem.

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  9. Beautiful feature of Robbie’s lovely tribute to grandparents. Congrats to Robbie on this guest feature Bette ❤

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  10. I’m returning here to say I’ve read Robbie’s (and Kims’s) poetry collection and am soon ready to post a review. It gets 5 stars from me!

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  11. Thank you Bette for hosting our lovely and talented Robbie. Robbie your video was so good. Loved listening to your poem on the grandparents and the awesome cake too. Lovely post.

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  12. How lovely to see Robbie here, Bette – congratulations to her on that exciting new book. And what a heartwarming poem about grandparents! Toni xx

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  13. Hurray for another book! Just now adding it to my TBR pile, and review to follow soon. : )

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  14. This is my favorite reading of Robbie’s! There’s a real twinkle in her eye.

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  15. What a wonderful poem. It makes me smile, thinking of my own grandparents. (K)

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  16. This is so spot on, I can’t begin to describe it. My kids are in their 30s with no significant others even close. I fear I will miss this phase in my life.

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  17. Great to see Robbie’s poem featured on here, and what a poem it is too! I am only a ‘step’ grandparent, but I can really relate to everything she has included.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  18. Thanks so much for sharing Robbie’s poem, Bette. A wonderful tribute to grandparents and the vital role they play in the lives of children. Families and children are lucky to have them in their lives. ❤ ❤

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  19. Reblogged this on Robbie's inspiration and commented:
    Talented poet, Bette A. Stevens has hosted me for the RRBC March Spotlight Author Blog Tour. I am reading my poem, Grandparents. Bette has some wonderful poetry so do go over and take a look around.

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  20. Thank you for sharing a part of your world and lovely poem!!… it shows your heart did the talking while your fingers did the walking (typing/writing)!!… it also shows where Bette’s heart is also…. “Life gives us brief moments with another, but sometimes in those brief moments we get memories that last a lifetime, So live that your memories will be part of your happiness.” (Author Unknown)… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May the dreams you hold dearest
    Be those which come true
    May the kindness you spread
    Keep returning to you
    (Irish Saying)

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  21. Hi Robbie, Hi Bette,

    Robbie, I like the poem about grandparents. It is a well-deserved tribute. So many people don’t realize how precious grandparents are.

    Bette, thank you for hosting Robbie on your blog. Bette, I have also signed up for your blog at least four times, but I don’t get it. Maybe I am doing something wrong and I will try again.

    Wishing you Ladies a very lovely day.
    Shalom aleichem

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    • Hi Pat, thank you for visiting me here. I am delighted you enjoyed this poem, it is a favourite one of mine. I was close to my Grannie Joan and she taught me a lot about art. My parents are close to my sons and so is my husband’s mother.

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    • Hi, Pat. Thanks so much for stopping by to support Robbie today! I sure hope you will be able to sign up for my blog–I can’t imagine what’s going on with that, but will try to contact The Happiness Engineers at WordPress to see if they can help… Thanks for the heads-up on that. I loved listening to Robbie read The Grandparents and look forward to reading more of the collection. Have a wonderful week, my friend! ❤

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  22. D.L. Finn, Author said:

    Beautiful poems, Robbie:) I agree about grandparents, they are invaluable.
    Thanks for hosting. Bette!

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  23. I enjoyed the blog tour for Robbie, especially the youtube presentation on the poem about grandparents. Thank you, Bette, for sharing Robbie’s post.

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  24. A lovely poem! I’ve read and enjoyed Robbie’s book. Thanks for sharing it here, Bette.

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  25. Hi Bette, thank you so much for hosting me today. You have done a beautiful job with this post. Hugs

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  26. Bette, thank you for hosting. It is so lovely to learn more about the incredible talent of RRBC Spotlight authors.

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  27. Lovely poem and sentiment Robbie. It’s wonderful to have the love and support of grandparents and extended family.

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  28. What a delightful poem. So true too. We were there once and I remember the feeling of being judged so harshly at times. I remembered that when I became a grandparent and not a great grandparent.

    Have a fabulous day. Happy St. Patrick’s Day. ♥

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  29. Thank you so much for hosting, Robbie, Bette!🌷

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  30. I love, love this poem Robbie is sharing today. I love being a grandmother and try hard not to criticize either of my daughters for their cooking or parenting techniques. 🙂 I’m just there to clean up the messes and play with the kiddos. Thank you for hosting, Bette!

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  31. I am beyond grateful for the support my parents have given me. Because we moved around so much (military brat), I never got to form a bond with my grandparents. I am blessed that my son adores my parents, and they love to spend time together. Great poem, Robbie! Thanks for hosting today, Bette. 🙂

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  32. Gwen M. Plano said:

    Thank you, Bette, for featuring Robbie today. I love her focus and tribute on grandparents. With my four, it’s pure delight – always. 😊

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  33. I’m getting to know Robbie better and you just added to my knowledge here. Yesterday I bought her new book and can’t wait to dive into it, being a grandparent myself.

    Thanks, Bette, for hosting this creative lady! 🙂

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  34. Such a lovely poem. Thanks for hosting Robbie, Bette.

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  35. Bette, so lovely to see and hear Robbie with her poem! 😀 Robbie, I love this poetic tribute to grandparents everywhere … they are the keystone of our society and enrich all our lives, particularly of their younger relations! I can’t wait to be one … but it will be quite a while yet though! We’ve got the Lego and wooden train set all saved up in the loft! 😀

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  36. It’s a lovely poem, and I enjoyed hearing Ms. Cheadle read it. Yes, grandparents are awesome!

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  37. Lovely Robbie and if I was to have one regret about my childhood it would be that I never knew my grandparents.. a wonderful tribute to all they bring to a child’s life and thanks Bette for sharing…hugs ♥

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  38. Jane Sturgeon said:

    Thank you, Bette. ❤

    Liked by 5 people

  39. Jane Sturgeon said:

    A wonderful poem, Robbie, with many truths nestled within. It is good to see and hear your voice. ❤

    Liked by 8 people

  40. petespringerauthor said:

    How wonderful! I’m so waiting for the time I become a grandparent.

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