Welcome to Poetry in the Evening.
I am honoured that Robbie Cheadle has given me permission to recite her poem, “We love you, Daddy, from her book “BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, a collection of unusual poems. This poem reminds me of my Father, who passed several years ago. Even now, the memories of our conversations, which go back to my childhood, strengthens my courage and builds my resilience.
Robbie Cheadle is a prolific writer whose book genres span the ages of children, young adults, and adults. In order to clearly separate her children’s books from her adult books, she writes for older readers under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle.
I invite you to join me in reciting Robbie Cheadle’s poem, “We love you, Daddy”.
We love you, Daddy
By Robbie Cheadle
Daddy, you must know
You’re our number one guy
When we’re right down low
And when we’re flying high
As tiny mites you tickled us
Which made us laugh and giggle
Told long family anecdotes
Which made us yawn and wriggle
You taught us to look after things
And made us clean our bikes
Polishing spokes ’til they shone
Still, something none of us likes
You are our first port of call
When things are going badly
Your help we all appreciate
Most gratefully and gladly
Our sister into labour went
While travelling in her car
You are the one she called
To come rushing from afar
As we travel our chosen path
Men will come and leave
But you will always be the best
We honestly believe
Behind Closed Doors, a collection of unusual poems by Robbie Cheadle
Cover design by Teagan R. Geneviene
Compiled and Edited by Kaye Lynne Booth