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12noon Outsideleft's Big National Poetry Day: Hollie McNish Holly McNish - Honestly

12noon Outsideleft's Big National Poetry Day: Hollie McNish

Holly McNish - Honestly

by LamontPaul, Founder & Publisher
first published: October, 2021

approximate reading time: minutes

Holly McNish - Honestly



i would love a flatter stomach
but not as much as i would love
not doing the sit ups
needed for that stomach

and i’d love to have the silhouette
of chain smoking parisians
but not as much as i would love
to share that sticky toffee pudding

and i would love the sort of skin
people look at and say wow
how do you keep so young
but not as much as i would love
to spend the cash needed for botox
on romantic trips to peterborough
and a waterproof vibrator

and i’d love a fancy wedding
where someone promises to care for me
until the day i die; but not as much
as i love not being anybody’s wife

and i’d love to learn chinese
but not as much as sleeping

and i’d love to have a house
people compliment for cleanliness

and i’d love to study art
so i could join in conversations
with friends who go to galleries

and i would love to make fresh pasta
coloured pink from purple beetroots
i grew from seed myself;
but not as much as boiling supernoodles
and then reading my book

and in the evenings,
once my emails have been sent
and my daughter is asleep
once the plates are put away
and i’ve brushed my hair and teeth
once the washing is hung up
the lunchbox and the fruit snack packed
i would love to spend that time
learning about poetry,
so i can edit all my poems
with meticulous precision,
till i am proud that these poems
are the best poems i could write;

but not as much as i would love
to lay down on the sofa;
flick through photographs of cats;
paint my toenails blossom pink

By Hollie McNish


Something you should know:
Hollie is a UK poet who loves writing. But probably not bios.

Hollie's website is here


Joy to Enjoy today:
12.01am: Ancient Champion - Under Pressure »»
1am: Ade Crossen - Thoughtful Choice »»
2am: Jackie Stein - The Battle of Social Media »»
3am: Dave Pitt - Spiderman Brendan »»
4am: Jimmy Andrex - Festival of Brexit »»
5am: Brendan Hawthorne - We Are Here »»
6am: Ahmed Magare - We Cannot Walk Alone »»
7am: Emma Purshouse - Mermaid on the Number 3 »»
8am: Rue Collinge - That Year »»
9am: Deborah Alma - Mother of Pearl »»
10am: Steve Pottinger - Fatima »»
11am: Jay Lewis - Betrayal 1991 »»
12pm: Hollie McNish - Honestly »»
1pm: Emma Purshouse - Five Minutes on a Midland Train »»
2pm: Rebecca Stanhope - Take Your Hands Off Me »»
3pm: Michael Pederson - Here in a Glasgow Tenement - Not Asleep, Not Awake Either »»
4pm: Glyn Phillips - Doorways »»
5pm: PixieVic - Curious Choices »»
6pm Christian Present - Poeme »»
7pm John Robinson - My Reply To You »»
8pm David Benjamin Blower - 47 »»
9pm Emma Purshouse - Feeling Low? »»
10pm Steve Pottinger - Jam today: Mrs Veronica Blake’s manifesto for a brighter future »»
11pm Jay Lewis - The Starling 1976 »»

Founder & Publisher

Publisher, Lamontpaul founded outsideleft with Alarcon in 2004 and is hanging on, saying, "I don't know how to stop this, exactly."

Lamontpaul portrait by John Kilduff painted during an episode of John's TV Show, Let's Paint TV

about LamontPaul »»



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