Roberta Writes – Two poems #Poetry

The void of unreciprocated energy


Caring actions


Supportive words


A listing ear


A helping hand




Into the black void

Of unreciprocated energy

Thoughts from your mind


Down, down

Chunks from your heart


Around, around

Pieces from your soul


Into darkness

There is no counterflow

From this churning spiral

Nothing is returned

From this infinite chasm

of take, take, take

Until the relentless pit

Has sucked in


Leaving behind

a dispirited husk

No longer capable

Of giving

by Roberta Eaton Cheadle

My second poem was inspired by a recital, by Rebecca Budd, of a poem called the Crystal Gazer by Sara Teasdale. You can listen to Rebecca’s rendition here:

My poem, called The Relentlessness of Life was my poetic response. You can listen to it here:

I have poems in a new WordCrafter anthology which also features poetry by Arthur Rosch, Elizabeth Merry, D Avery, Harmony Kent, Lauren Scott, Julespaige, Leon Stevens, Colleen M. Chesebro, Miriam Hurdle, Marjorie Mallon, and Lynda McKinney Lambert.

62 thoughts on “Roberta Writes – Two poems #Poetry

  1. I under, stand exactly what it’s like dripping into the bottomless chasm, Robbie! It drained all of my energy for years. I was glad to be out of it. Very emotional and powerful poem, Robbie.

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      1. I understand so well, Liz. Not only soul-sucking, I got stabbed on my back. Imagine, after 25 years of working, I don’t have friends at the school district. Well, I can count in one hand of number of people I kind of keep in touch. All I get is a decent retirement from my 25 years. That counts as something, I guess, but not relationship.

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          1. Sorry to hear that, Liz. It happened to me when I was in administration. When many administrators got sent back to the classrooms because of declining student enrollment, I was in the first wave. I put up with it and got my 25 years of services. Many teachers got a master’s degree in administration to get a pay increase and just stay in the classrooms. They didn’t want the ugly politics.

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  2. Salman Rushdie wrote that “A poet’s work … to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it from going to sleep.” And Robert Frost wrote that “A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.” Your poetry, Robbie, speaks truth and allows us to explore emotions that are difficult and complex. And when we embrace these emotions, I believe that we gain a greater understanding of who we are and how we engage within an ever changing and evolving world. I love listening to your recitations!!

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    1. Rebecca! Thank you for these amazing quotes. I’ve shared the first to FB. I am glad my poems make you face your own relationships and other life complexities head on. That is its purpose. I wrote a poem about a crocodile yesterday which I will share on Thursday. I think it is rather hard hitting about conservation.

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      1. It is hard for us all, Liz. I am a very sensitive person and recently I’ve decided I can’t continue to just be a doormat to people because they are related to me. There comes a time when lack of responses to invitations, cancelling at the last minute, not providing any emotional or financial support to needy parents, and behaving selfishly in every way has to break the camel’s back.

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  3. Beautiful poetry, Robbie. The void of unreciprocated energy was so stark. I could feel the energy draining, and it felt familiar. Which isn’t good! I hope that’s not reflective of your experience. I listened to the other and saw them much as a pair, though the second poem had more strength to it, to me. It’s hard to be a caregiver, especially when being pulled from both ends.

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    1. Hi Diana, the two poems are a pair but are also opposite. The first concerns dealing with situations that arise in life and which are unavoidable, regardless of how awful they are, like illness with a child. You have to take it and deal with it. The first poem is about cutting out relationships and situations where effort is not reciprocated and which become a complete energy suck with no return. I am sorry this felt familiar to you.

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  4. Your first poem is beautiful, yet heart-wrenching, Robbie, and the format made it powerful, driving the point home. I enjoyed listening to you read your second poem that spoke the truth about life, but also offered wisdom to live by.

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  5. All very powerful poems, Robbie. They make us think about our world and what we put into it as well as what we get back. That is the biggest reason I try to focus on even the small positives.

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