INTRODUCTION

WELCOME TO JOSIE'S POEMS 

Hello and welcome to my world of poems for both children of all age groups, young adults and adults too.  

Having survived a dreadful streptococcal infection and got the use of my left  hand and fingers again, I, with my typing skills, have written a vast number of poems for children and well into my retirement from teaching.  

WHAT LED ME INTO WRITING FOR CHILDREN?  I've been a teacher all my working life, something I have wanted to do since my first day at school, and I've loved every minute of my work - yes, I really have.  Well into my retirement I volunteered to help for one hour a week in my local primary school where one day the children told me how much they loved poems written with rhyme, with rhythm/metre and with lots of stories and words that painted pictures.  I was persuaded by them to write one poem for them.  Sadly I had only ever written one poem in my life before when I was 11 years of age, and for my school magazine.  Unlike the children of today, we had never been taught to write poetry and I wasn't given any encouragement at all to write, although that one poem has been published today.  However, I, too like poems that are exactly as the children described and, as a child, I'd so enjoyed reading the poems written by the great classic writers of my time, which were exactly as the children had described.

So, persuaded by the teacher and children, I wrote my first poem, and they so enjoyed it that I've continued writing for them and for thousands of other children, ever since that day, and I am so enjoying doing this.  I hope that my work will be a legacy for me to all the children of the world for when I am no longer here.

I am extremely lucky to be alive and have survived a dreadful streptococcal infection from a scratch on my left wrist from a rose bush in my garden.  Thanks also to a miracle after a healing service in my local church, the tendons and bones in my left wrist healed and I can type again and this is my blessing for I am an extremely fast touch typist and none of the poems you'll see have been slowly written by hand, but typed at speed on my computer.

I now visit children worldwide via skype and love doing this.  I often see them perform one of my poems and answer their questions and ask them questions too.  I have made friends with them and their teachers, but one teacher in particular, in Argentina, has become a very special friend to me and it isn't unusual for me to meet up with her in her home where we chat over a cup of tea.  How wonderful skype is.  I have also made friends with a special little girl in Shanghai and often see her, and a whole crowd of children at a school in Ghana where I love visiting them. 

I hope you all enjoy my poems and that one day I may come to visit you also.  All my love - Josie Whitehead

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