Prose for Thought – Remember You

Welcome dear readers and supporters, welcome to this week’s Prose for Thought. Thank you to everyone who linked up and supported our corner of creativity last week.

This week sees the hardest poem I have ever had to write. It took me ages last night to find the right words. What do you say to someone who lost their baby to SIDS? What do you say to a Mother who has lost their child, knowing that they will never come back? Well, this weekend sees the anniversary of an event that rocked the blogging world that I had entered – the community which I knew nothing about the power of at the time, but I certainly do now.

The 2nd of February is the first anniversary of the death of Matilda Mae who tragically lost her life to SIDS at just 9 months old. Jennie Edspire, her mother, was a blogger prior to the loss of Matilda and, has been bravely and honestly telling her story and sharing her pain with us ever since. Many people are commemorating her loss this weekend with ‘Letters to Matilda Mae’ and linking up with Ghostwriter Mummy.

Being there to see Jennie receive her award for Outstanding Contribution at the MAD Blog Awards last year, and being able to congratulate her in person, was fabulous. It was her who helped me see the power of what the words on our blogs can do and how many people we have to turn to in this community in our hour of need.

Jennie, I feel that this poem doesn’t do justice to your family’s pain. I just wanted to give my contribution to you in some small way.

Remember You

1620787_10152196932642812_1281042838_nDear Angel girl from up on high
Your star shines brightly in the sky
You made so many people fly
And they will remember you

So many lives that you have changed
So many hearts you rearranged
So many wellies in the rain
And they will remember you

Set sail as they said goodbye
Your life is now a lullaby
We blow bubbles in the sky
And they will remember you

Pink and purple are my favourites too
They are colours that signify you
Shared in all your name is put to
And they will remember you

You’ve left behind a legacy
As if to say ‘remember me’
A trail of you there will always be
And they will remember you

You left a sister and a brother
Feeling there should be another
Broken-hearted Father, Mother
And they will remember you

Your Mummy has cried so many tears
That day came, a mothers fears
You will watch over through years
And they will remember you.

© Victoria F J Welton 29th January 2014

Letters for Matilda Mae
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  1. February 7, 2014 / 7:44 am

    Thanks for the marvelous posting! I quite enjoyed reading it, you can be a great author.I will make sure to bookmark your blog and will often come back very
    soon. I want to encourage yourself to continue your great posts, have a nice evening!
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  2. February 1, 2014 / 9:32 pm

    Is there music to this? It sounds like it should be a song. Lovely words. xx
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  3. January 31, 2014 / 9:04 am

    That is so beautiful, broughy a tear to my eye. Although words can never bring Matilda Mae back, I’m sure the many beautiful words from you and others will bring comfort to Jennie.
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  4. January 30, 2014 / 8:52 pm

    Such a beautiful poem for a beautiful baby. Her loss will never ever make sense xx

  5. January 30, 2014 / 6:47 pm

    I’ve only vaguely heard of Jennie’s blog so am only a little aware of the background of this sad story. Your words, as always, are beautiful and meaningful x
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  6. Katie @ AMotherThing
    January 30, 2014 / 3:07 pm

    Beautiful poem. As SIDS has rocked my family to the core, I am always moved and amazed by the strength of the families left behind, and Jennie is an inspiration in that regard.
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  7. January 30, 2014 / 1:27 pm

    Vic that is a wonderful poem, it brought tears to my eyes and my heart goes out to Matilda Mae’s mother.
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  8. Maddy@writingbubble
    January 30, 2014 / 9:29 am

    Beautiful words for such a sad loss. My link this week happens to be a poem I’ve written about the bond between mother and baby, so your poem and the sadness behind it really resonates with me. xxx
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  9. Sarah Miles
    January 30, 2014 / 9:24 am

    Beautiful, heartfelt words. Such a sad loss of a darling girl.
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  10. January 30, 2014 / 8:54 am

    Oh Vic, this is so sad. I am so sorry. But your words are amazing as always and I hope that it helps you. Poetry is a great outlet in tragic times. Beautifully written I must add too. I love your poetry each week thanks for hosting such a great linky!!!

  11. Stephanie
    January 30, 2014 / 7:31 am

    Just so sad.
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  12. January 30, 2014 / 7:25 am

    Oh Vic you’re so right – what on earth can you begin to say at times like this? Well, I think your words are just lovely and I’m sure that by writing them and acknowledging this tragic event you will bring some solace. Thank you for hosting lovely lady xxx
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