#PoetryReadathon – He walks away by Robbie Cheadle

Poetry readathon

Today, I am featuring one of my own poems. This is a new one I have written about my son, Michael, who is turning fourteen soon. He is going to high school next year and I only have five years left with him living under my roof. It is a double edged sword as I am glad he is becoming so independent but I am losing my baby.

He walks away

From the first day

he took a tentative step

on uncertain chubby legs

attached to adventurous feet

he moved away from her

embracing with enthusiasm

the mysterious outside world

She watched over him tenderly

as he learned about life

discovered the joy of friendship

and the heartbreak of loss

embarked on his academic journey

exploiting his strengths and

overcoming his weaknesses

and during all this time

mom was always enough

her smile healed all wounds

her kiss cured all pain

but she knew in her heart

that this investment of hers

was ultimately for another

a nameless faceless other

who would eventually take her place

she was preparing him to leave

and find his place in this world

His independence draws ever closer

her smile no longer enough

as he jostles for position

in the heartless world of men

her kiss no longer wanted

as he seeks the lips of the other

It’s heart wrenching to let go

knowing he must suffer pain

before he finds his enduring love

encounter set backs and loss

before success and satisfaction

but it’s the duty of a mother

to set her son loose

to fly alone.

by Robbie Cheadle

Open a new door

Some of you will know that I have a poetry book that I wrote together with a South African friend of mine, Kim Blades. It is called Open a new door.


The blurb

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.

Inspiration blossoms
Like the unfurling petals
Of the Desert Rose

If any of the poets are interesting in reading a copy of Open a new door, you can email me at sirchocatoutlookdotcom and I will send you and ARC copy.

65 thoughts on “#PoetryReadathon – He walks away by Robbie Cheadle

  1. Robbie, your poem struck a chord with me particularly! As young we never know, or even have to time, to reflect on the joy or sadness wit give our parents! Your first reflections of seeing a son off to school captured exactly how I felt when my son went to primary then secondary school. This September he went to university! He was keen to go, but I knew it was a momentous change for him in one go … and especially for someone who has liked things to be the same. Yet he has flourished, ups and downs yes, but he has become a man with lots for friends and doing well at his studies. For me the first month was tough … harder than I ever thought possible, and I know you too are very close friends with your sons. However, over the weeks, I learned to cope, appreciated he needed this and I wanted it for him. What has not changed is our friendship. When we see him I always get lots of hugs, we chat away easily and have fun going out! And at university there are the four weeks Christmas and Easter holidays! Hooray! Sorry, I digress … as I said your reflections touched me deeply and that is the magic of poetry. Encapsulating thought and emotions in a few words, which then ripple out across the world! Well done and best of luck with your book!😀❤️

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    1. Thank you, Annika. It is an interesting thing, having children. When you have them, your heart lives outside your body and that is a hard thing. I am glad Perry is doing so well in life. Uni is really good for young people and helps them grow friendships as well as their minds.

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  2. Wonderful poem and your book sounds like a TBR as well! I hear you about the growing independence of your son. I have two daughters one is 12 the other 10. Though we have a great relationship, I miss the days of their earlier childhood when Mommy and Daddy were their heroes. 🙂

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  3. That is so excellent Robbie – thank you! You evoke every mother’s concern about their sons going out into the world as they must. But do know that the solid foundation of a mother’s love (and father’s) will be the rock that keeps them steadfast …

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  4. I got tears in my eyes as I read your poem, Robbie. I felt every word and every nuance. My son has accomplished his years of walking away and being with another, but the good news is that still, no one ever replaces a mother. 😍

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    1. Thank you, Pam. Yes, I hope they will eventually come back and bring their grandchildren with them. My boys are still close to me but they are developing their own lives which is good and normal. It is hard to not be able to shield them any more though.

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  5. Hi Robbie – I enjoyed this poem, being a mother of sons too. You’re right, mothers (and fathers, differently) prepare their children to enter the world and it begins very early on. The sons do come back and connect with us in new ways that are joyful.

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  6. What a lovely, heart-felt poem , Robbie, ‘Been there’ three times – long ago – as my little lads are now 59, 57 and 51. Hard to believe that one will be 60…next year. Where did all the years go? It’s a blessing and wonderful that each has a good heart and they are all worthy men. When we retired to Spain two of them followed us, and the third lives n Denmark but we are all still close at heart. (Thank you for mentioning Ani’s poem . Much appreciated!) All power to your clever fingers, Robbie… Hugs xx

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    1. You will know all about this, Joy, having experienced it three times over. It is lovely that you still see a lot of your sons, it isn’t always like that, but I also believe it depends on how much you put in as a parent when they were growing up. It was my pleasure to share Ani’s post. It is a great series.


  7. Very well expressed. I remember the transition from being needed mostly for physical mothering when the girls were young to really providing emotional mothering when they hit high school. Your work ahead will challenge you in new ways, but it is just as rewarding.

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