Lucy Hely-Hutchinson: Featured Poet


Dear tomorrow,

please let him remember me
through Menorca summers
and Shanghai dreaming,
knowing I used
each bruise and bite-
mark to prove him.

I traced leather blanes
of his jacket
and smelt his
grey shirt to sleep –
texture and scent
cradled me.

Spain now follows me;
Feliz Navidad, paella
and Real Madrid.
It’s like the nation
found, grasped,
lost me.

Wherever you are,
I’ll measure the distance;
between pillows and continents.

Tomorrow, please
bring March quickly.


Lucy Hely-Hutchinson is currently studying in the Sixth Form at Benenden School and is a long-time member of Poetry Club. She is the 2011-2012 School Poet Laureate and has poems published in Agenda Broadsheet, Grey Area (a newsletter created by the student body)and A Piece of Cake. She was shortlisted for 2012 Christopher Tower Poetry Award with her poem Postcards, the title poem of her short collection performed at the school Literary Concert. She recently read at the Agenda poetry evening in Mayfield.

6 thoughts on “Lucy Hely-Hutchinson: Featured Poet”

  1. What an exciting poem – congratulations Lucy. “Menorca summers and Shanghai dreaming” and “smelt his grey shirt to sleep” – two phrases that will stick with me. I’m sure we will be seeing much more of your poetry and I wish you lots of luck with your writing.


  2. It’s a pleasure to see an example of your work, Lucy. I love how you open it strongly with “Dear tomorrow,/ please let him remember me “. The emotion rings true. Congratulations on all your successes, and I look forward to reading more of your poems in the future.


  3. Lucy, I love many lines in this poem and really feel the strength of feeling in it. Good luck to you. Keep at it. Don’t let that thing called life hold you back, however complicated it gets! I say that because I always think I let that happen to me and I put poetry off till too late! Easy for a woman to do….

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