Ted Gibson – Poetry
Performance of Angels – Foreword
These poems have been inspired by over 25 years of low vision.
I cannot read a newspaper, drive a car or get around very easily in strange areas or poor light. Writing this foreword is difficult.
I left school in 1951 aged 14 and started work in a factory the next week.
I had no qualifications, just a secondary school education. My father had been in the British Army and returned from Dunkirk, we moved from one town to another until he came out of the army in 1945. My mother and father did not own the house we lived in, it had no central heating, no double glazed windows, no phone, no fitted carpets, no fridge freezer, no TV and we did not have a car.
My life in the care profession started in a teaching hospital, part of the Kings College Hospital group. Like so many nurses I had a back injury. I had been interested in social work and started work in childcare in Bridgend with Mid Glamorgan Social Services.
On 2nd April 2012 I completed 50 years of care in the community. I have qualifications in counselling, mediation and have completed several creative writing courses. I am on the steering committee trying to plan for a better future for blind people in my area, long sessions are spent discussing activities like writing and singing.
We get on with our lives as most people with disabilities do cheerfully, hopefully and with the RNIB.Performance of Angels foreword. (442 downloads)
To view and listen to a selection of Ted’s poetry click on the links below. Each poem has a written version and an audio version.Weekend at Bettys - Poem (488 downloads) Weekend at Bettys - Audio version (410 downloads) Fruits of the season - poem (410 downloads) Fruits of the season - Audio version (434 downloads) Tree of Eyes - Poem (408 downloads) Tree of Eyes - Audio version (424 downloads) Eyes in the night - Poem (467 downloads) Eyes in the night - Audio version (409 downloads) Oak leaves, for bravery - Poem (466 downloads) Oak leaves, for bravery - Audio version (402 downloads)