#Blogging4Madeleine – A Space in My Heart

”Blogging4Madeleine”Today I am joining the Blogging For Madeleine Campaign – #Blogging4Madeleine – hosted by the lovely Caroline over at A Mummys View. Today is Madeleine McCann’s 10th Birthday.

Madeleine went missing on Thursday 3rd May 2007 whilst on holiday with her family in Praia da Luz, Portugal. I remember it well. I was living with my Mum and Grace was only 4 months old. As a new parent, I remember feeling this overwhelming fear and utter sympathy for Gerry and Kate McCann. They must have felt so desperate that day and I often wonder how they must really feel now, missing out on the years they could have spent with their daughter.

Theirs is a nightmare that many other parents also have to live through. There are thousands of missing children in this country and, as a result, many mothers and fathers wondering where their children are and whether they will ever see them again.

This got me thinking how these mothers must be living day to day wondering if they will ever see their babies again and how helpless it must feel for them not being able to protect them.

I have decided to support the campaign with a poem I have written.

A Space in My Heart

Do you remember who I am?

I’d say to you I’m Mum

Time passes like footprints in the sand

You blink and then it’s gone


Do you have memories of me at all?

Would you recognise my face?

Losing you when you were so small

In another time and place


Do you know I hold your toys every single night?

To keep the smell of you with me

I cry tears, I sob, wishing with my might

To have you here, where you should be


Are they holding a party for you?

Do they know your date of birth?

It’s nothing compared to what I’d do

But my feelings they have no worth


Do you know there’s a space in my heart?

The one I save for you

Will we spend our lives apart?

Is that what we must do?


What about the people who hold you now?

Do they ever think of me?

My darling, I promise, this I vow

To keep searching, faithfully


© Victoria Welton 12th May 2013

Gerry and Kate have never given up the search for Madeleine.  The latest image of what they believe she now looks like is here. You can also find out all the latest on the case and the McCanns regular updates on their website – http://www.findmadeleine.com/

If you have any news on sightings or any information, then you are asked to call:

  • Your local Police force immediately AND
  • +44 845 838 4699or investigation@findmadeleine.com
  • OR Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-org.uk






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  1. Nichola Fabfortymum
    May 13, 2013 / 10:46 pm

    Oh Vicky what a beautiful poem, I’m blubbering a bit now. I wish with all my heart that they could find her alive and well. It’s just a horrendous nightmare that they and every other parent of missing kids have to live day in day out. x
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  2. May 13, 2013 / 6:30 am

    What a beautiful poem. It’s so hard to comprehend what the McCanns went through and what they must be feeling every day (although I read Kate McCann’s book). My younger son is just a few months younger than Madeleine hopefully is, so I always measure her disappearance and ageing by him. For many years my eldest used to ask after Madeleine too 🙁
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  3. May 12, 2013 / 2:47 pm

    Ah, Victoria, what a heart-breaking poem, it left me with tears. Not knowing and imagining all sorts of horrors must be the worst torture for any parent
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  4. May 12, 2013 / 1:14 pm

    A beautiful, heartfelt poem that has brought a tear to my eye. You have beautifully captured such emotion with your words x

  5. What a beautiful poem Vicky xx Made me very teary. I just cannot comprehend how it must feel for your child to go missing and never knowing from one day to the next whether they will be found safe and sound. I suppose all we can ever do is hold our children a little tighter and send out our prayers to all those who at this time cannot do the same. xxx
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