Poem by Helena Lutchman (Mauritius)
Published in The Ofi Press issue 43
I loved the morning light
shed on the unmade bed
the warmth of the ruffled pastel sheets
knowing she had laid there
leading a thousand lives in her sleep.
that she missed having a body next to her
sweat sadly drying up
without mingling with another’s.
that in the course of her dream
she might have lifted her dress
just a little
childishly scratching the rounded butt
and have been awoken
from the cry of a stray cat
or the touch of a painful memory.
Helena Lutchman is 20 years old and is from Pamplemousses, Mauritius. She is currently completing a BA in Communication Science at the University of South Africa. Her poems have been featured in the anthology of Mauritian and Welsh writing When Young Dodos Meet Young Dragons (2014), and have been selected to appear in two anthologies (Point Barre No.14 and the second volume of When Young Dodos Meet Young Dragons) to be published this year.
Image: "Untitled" by Daniel Oines.