The Ofi Press Magazine

International Poetry and Literature from Mexico City

Helena Lutchman: 1 Poem Published

Poem by Helena Lutchman (Mauritius)

Published in The Ofi Press issue 43




Unmade bed


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.

About the Poet

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.