Prose for Thought – A Poem for Lucy.

Welcome to this week’s Prose for Thought. There seems to be a continuing theme of life and what you make it this month. This week sees a tribute to someone I knew.

Last week a friend of mine back in Sunninghill tragically lost her daughter. Lucy, aged 22. The news came to me via Facebook last Friday night and to say it was a shock was an understatement.

Lucy was one of those girls who, whenever I met her, was happy and smiley. She was the first person outside of my family to babysit Grace when I moved to my flat in Sunninghill. Grace was three and it was the summer of 2009 when I landed a part in the play ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ playing the role of Gwendolen Fairfax therefore needing someone to look after Grace.

I met Lucy via her Mum, Caroline. They own a beautiful shop in the village called ‘Pink and Brown’. I remember Lucy explaining to me about how much she loved kids and wanted to work with them. I recall how she arrived at my door and immediately put me at ease by playing with Grace. She was adamant that she was going to be a teacher and she achieved that goal when she graduated from Winchester University in July this year. She was due to start a new job in September. She would have been a fantastic and well-loved teacher.

Lucy was on holiday in France when she was involved in a tragic car accident on 20th August 2013 and died in hospital in Rennes, France at 4.30pm the following day. Her family were with her.

Thinking of Caroline and Lucy’s sister Emily. I dedicate this post to Lucy. This poem is for you. Rest peacefully xx

A Poem for Lucy

Lucy, far left with her Mum, Caroline, and sister, Emily.

A smiling face arrived at my door
For my daughter she did reassure
A life ahead knowing her vocation
A steady and knowing determination
Was a kindly soul, both loving and caring
Showing a child just how to be sharing

A summertime trip before a new position
With a carefree and happy disposition
Turned to tragedy in the blink of an eye
Turned from sunbeam on earth to a star in the sky
Taken too soon, had a life before her
With friends and a family who adored her

A Mothers love is hard to fool
You want to wrap them in cotton wool
Let them out in the world to find their way
And some days all you can do is pray
So how do you deal with a pain so deep
When the one you bore is ever asleep

Now she leaves the ones behind
With so many answers to questions to find
Why one with so very much to give
Was taken so soon and not left to live
Why such a beautiful heart and soul
Had her fate decided and too soon had to go

But know her life was never in vain
She showed you how you have so much to gain
Such beautiful memories she has left you
Just what you achieve if you turn your hand to
Walking with you most everyday
Take comfort in the fact she’s not far away

© Victoria Welton. 25th August 2013.

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  1. Shelby Lowe
    April 1, 2014 / 4:16 pm

    I once worked at Pink and Brown alongside the family who own the shop. I have such lovely memories from working there and i feel so privileged to have been able to be part of the Pink and Brown team. Sean, Caroline and Emily showed me nothing but kindness and were so good to me while i was there. Lucy would pop into the shop from time to time, and each time she entered it was with a smiling face and a warm conversation. I feel so sad that such a loveable, bubbly life ended far too soon, my heart goes out to all of the family. I often think of Lucy and hope that she is looking after all the little angels in the sky, for I am sure if she is not teaching here on earth she will be doing so in Heaven.
    I will always remember Lucy and my happy days at Pink and Brown.

    All my Love


    • April 1, 2014 / 10:00 pm

      Hi Shelby, thank you so much for coming over to my blog to comment. It certainly sounds like you have wonderful memories of Lucy – and have certainly summed her up about looking after the angels. She was a very special young lady. I hope the poem helps for a long time to come. Very best and lots of love, Vicky x

  2. Sandi Masters
    September 1, 2013 / 9:24 pm

    What a really beautiful poem, i know the family well and think your words will be very comforting to them, at this difficult time.

  3. August 30, 2013 / 8:32 pm

    So very sad and shocked to read this Vicky. I frequent Pink and Brown regularly, as our offices are in Sunninghill and I know it’s a real ‘family’ business. We were also in Rennes at the same time. My heart goes out to this family. Just tragic 🙁

  4. Sandie banks
    August 30, 2013 / 12:31 pm

    Truly tragic news that send shivers down your spine.
    I have been into Caroline’s gorgeous shop and she is a lovely woman and I have been served by one of her daughters. They appeared so happy I can’t imagine the pain the family are going through, it’s just not right.
    My deepest sympathy goes to you all. X


  5. Jane Boxall
    August 30, 2013 / 1:16 am

    Poetry is such a comfort to everybody even at the sadest of times.

  6. nortonmum
    August 29, 2013 / 11:39 pm

    Such beautiful words at a very sad time, hope they bring some comfort. x
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  7. Helen
    August 29, 2013 / 7:22 pm

    A truly beautiful and very moving tribute to someone who sounds very special and with such a lot to give. x

  8. August 29, 2013 / 5:43 pm

    A beautiful tribute to a young lady who had so much to give. My condolences to you and her family and friends x
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  9. August 29, 2013 / 3:44 pm

    Lovely poem. I hope writing it helped you to grieve. I’m sorry to hear about Lucy. My poem this week is about my best friend from college. Jamie died 9 years ago today. Xx

  10. August 29, 2013 / 12:28 pm

    Such awful news, your poem is a lovely tribute. She sound like a wonderful girl. My thoughts go to you and the family.
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  11. Stephanie
    August 29, 2013 / 11:04 am

    What dreadful news for you to hear. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that writing the poem helped you and I am sure it will bring comfort to your friend also.
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  12. Sarah Miles
    August 29, 2013 / 10:31 am

    So sad to hear your news, poetry can be a cathartic way to express grief and sadness…

  13. Sarah Miles
    August 29, 2013 / 10:10 am

    Such very sad news and poetry can be a wonderful way to express grief and sadness.

  14. August 29, 2013 / 9:21 am

    It always seems to be the talented and lovely that die young. Maybe there is a meaning to that unseen to us mere mortals. So sorry for your loss and the family’s. Memory-making is all life can be about or that is the only sense I can make of it anyway.
    Beautiful poem from the heart.
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  15. August 29, 2013 / 8:13 am

    Oh Vicky I’m so sorry. This is unbelievably sad. Your poem is a beautiful tribute xx
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  16. August 29, 2013 / 6:53 am

    I am so sorry to hear about your friend’s daughter – it is impossible to find the right words but this poem is a beautiful way to celebrate Lucy’s life. My thoughts are with her family. x
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  17. August 29, 2013 / 6:48 am

    Oh Vicky that is shocking – how terribly sad. Your poem is beautiful and my heart goes out to your friend and her family. Life is so, so fragile xxx

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