A Friday poem by Hollie McNish from her 2017 collection, Plum. 

i screamed
sprinted to the sea
flung off shoes and socks
ran towards imagined heaving waves
and jumped each tiny trickle that I found there
with just the same excitement

you stayed back
took your socks off more timidly
giggled at your stupid mother
eventually took my hand

we jumped together
and we jumped together
and we jumped together

three hours later
collapsing on our backs
we made angels in the sand

the seaside always made me
want to scream

with you
i can

Hollie McNish will be performing her poetry live on her 2017 UK tour. Find out more, and how to buy tickets here.