Day 6 of the WordCrafter Poetry Treasures blog tour – Annette Rochelle Aben

Today, I am delighted to welcome Annette Rochelle Aben, a wonderful poet and blogger, and a contributor to the Poetry Treasures anthology to Roberta Writes with a post about poetry.

Over to Annette

I’m Annette Rochelle Aben and writing has been my go-to for creative expression, emotional release, and a way to boost my GPA since I was a child. I am thrilled to be a part of Poetry Treasures.

 When I first started writing poetry, I never knew much about it, except to know that (to me) a good poem HAD to rhyme. Gee whiz, have I ever been schooled through connecting with other writers and poets here in the blogsphere. One of my favorite poetry styles is called SYLLABIC POETRY. And one of my favorite forms of said style is the ABHANGA. An ABHANGA is a 4-line poem in which the first 3 lines contain 6 syllables each and the last line has 4 syllables. Also, the 2nd and 3rd lines must rhyme with each other.

 Here is a poem I wrote titled: SUPER SISTER and it is inspired by a very timely event occurring in my sister’s life. As the older sister, I want to vanquish the bad guys and make her problem disappear, but ah…  please read on.

I want to step in

To prove I have her back

It’s not courage I lack

It’s not my fight

Right now, she needs support

Reminders of her strength

Me to stay back some length

For she’s got this

For this poem, I wrote a DOUBLE ABHANGA, as I felt that the thought needed to be expanded. Sometimes we can love someone so much that we forget that love doesn’t mean smothering another’s flame. Unless she asks me to help her, to do so would be disrespectful.

 Thank you for sharing this SYLLABIC POETRY moment with me and I look forward to learning that you have obtained a copy (or two) of Poetry Treasures.

 Keep in touch, eh? http://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com

Annette Rochelle Aben Amazon US author page

Blurb

A collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on Writing to be Read in 2020. Open the book and discover the poetry treasures of Sue Vincent, Geoff Le Pard, Frank Prem, Victoria (Tori) Zigler, Colleen M. Chesebro, K. Morris, Annette Rochelle Aben, Jude Kitya Itakali, and Roberta Eaton Cheadle.

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About Annette Rochelle Aben

I was born writing! At least this is how it seems. I had the good fortune to be published while a sophomore in high school, so continuing the journey by publishing books has been a natural course of events.


It is my pleasure to announce that the book I have just released is # 1 Best Seller! And that is: A Haiku Perspective 2018, which is available in both Kindle and paperback formats! Enjoy celebrating a year of my life as told using the framework of Haiku style poetry.


Angel Messages Two – songs of the heart, is a book filled with beautiful photos and remarkable tanka poetry. People LOVE this book because of the comfort it provides. Many have gifted it to others and been thanked over and over again.


A Tanka Picture Book is exactly as the name suggests. I took photos of a variety of everyday objects, works of art and nature, then wrote a tanka poem for each. I suggest this book for all the right reasons. It will entertain, provoke thought, stimulate conversation and be a great addition to your library!


I have chosen to release my annual haiku collection in time to celebrate National Poetry Month, in April. A Haiku Perspective 2017 is filled with smiles, laughter, wisdom and creativity, all cleverly disguised as haiku poetry. Enjoy!


My book, GO YOU offers some encouragement when you need it. It is a pep-talk in a book! Each page gives you a quick way to start your day, help you through a moment or even provide someone else words that can inspire them to a better life. We can all use a cheerleader, when one isn’t available, this book fits the bill!


Most of the books I have published here are centered in poetry, Haiku poetry to be exact. Much of the feedback I receive about the haiku poetry is that people can really understand the messages and they appreciate that the poems are short and sweet!


Angel Messages – a wing and a prayer is my first book about angels. Filled with photos, prayers, poems and prose of and about Angels, this book will delight any Angel lover in your life. Check out the reviews, people are drawn to the inherent inspirational nature of this book and as result is fast becoming their favorite. You can have it right away using the Kindle option or order a paperback copy (or two) and carry it with you wherever you go.


I mentioned that many of my books are filled with my poetry and several of them combine that with my love of taking pictures. Books that feature poetry and photos include Perspective, it’s all about replacing one thought with another, PhoKu, visual perspective haiku and BooKu, Halloween haiku. Perspective has a wide variety of pages that feature prose, poetry and nature photographs, while PhoKu is filled with the photographs I have taken in nature with Haiku poetry added to them, hence the title: PhoKu. BooKu is a “behind the scenes look at how Halloween decorations feel about their jobs. All three of these books are available in print and Kindle formats.


A Haiku Perspective 2015, and A Haiku Perspective 2016 are haiku poetry books. When I first experimented with the haiku writing format, I had no idea I would enjoy it as much as I do. These days, I am writing haiku daily and finding myself thinking in 17 syllables. You can find these books in both print and Kindle formats.

Annette Rochelle Aben has a blog of the same name here: https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/

85 thoughts on “Day 6 of the WordCrafter Poetry Treasures blog tour – Annette Rochelle Aben

  1. Great post and poem. I don’t think I’ve tried that style yet. This book is on my TBR list and I look forward to a good read!

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  2. Reblogged this on Writing to be Read and commented:
    For Day #6 of the WordCrafter “Poetry Treasures” Book Blog Tour, we’re over at “Roberta Writes” with a guest post from contributing author Annette Rochelle Aben. Please join us to learn more about poetic form and get a chance to win a free copy of “Poetry Treasures”!

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  3. Robbie, thank you for hosting Annette’s post and all of your hard work and contributions to this anthology and to the tour. Couldn’t have done any of it without you. 🙂

    Annette, wonderful post. Thank you for sharing your inspiration and your poetry here. Happy to have you aboard for this anthology. 🙂

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  4. Reblogged this on Frank Prem Poetry and commented:
    Annette Rochelle Aben was born writing!

    Check out her love of writing and syllabic writing, in particular, over at Robbie Cheadle’s Roberta Writes blog for day 6 of the Poetry Treasures blog tour.

    Highly recommended.

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  5. Wonderful to meet Annette. I have this book listed in a file of ones I want to order!!!
    I know many of the writers via different writing prompts for years!
    Continued success to all those involved with this book! 😀

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  6. A Barbara on this page also commented, ‘poetry leaves your mind sharp.’ Perhaps I would say ‘makes your mind’ sharp by removing non essential. Although not a poetry buff, I have shared because writing and reading poetry is becoming so very popular.

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  7. Thanks for sharing such a moving and personal poem Annette, and congratulations for being a part of this great project I keep hearing about. Good luck to you all.

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