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JosieWhitehead's Shop
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I'm a retired teacher and a prolific children's poet who writes for every age group. An educational publisher market-researched my poems in classrooms in many schools right across West Yorkshire 4 years ago when I'd written 400 poems. 344 were chosen for publication by the teachers and children. I also make Skype visits and nowadays I make short 45 minute visits to classrooms all over the world and it is a delight to know that children like my work.

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This is a poem on the subject of Vision, which was the chosen subject for National Poetry Day. Also on my own website.

EYESIGHT versus VISION

The subject for National Poetry Day 2020 is VISION. I ask myself whether there is a difference between these two subjects and for certain a philosopher would say ‘yes’. I would say that sight, such a really valuable thing for all living things, is really important - yes - but I see vision as being very related to the mind rather than to the eyes.

VISION: an understanding of what is seen - ie information from many sensory systems to create a perception of reality.

Even small children can visualize things. Try this: ‘Do you want a sweet or a biscuit?’ Do they understand these words? Yes, even my dog understands many words because the word brings a link to their visualization of the thing they have learned to enjoy. Threats can lead to visualization: ‘If you don’t finish your dinner then you can’t have your pudding.’ This was often said to children of my generation and we visualized our pudding as being something we really enjoyed, without seeing it before us.

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