Katrina Naomi – The Best View in England

30 Oct 2018 / #Arvon50

Katrina Naomi

#Arvon50
Arvon is 50 this year and to celebrate we have collected the stories of writers far and wide who have a tale to tell about Arvon. The collection will be published in our anniversary booklet and featured on our blog throughout the year. The following poem is by Katrina Naomi and was written at The Hurst. 
_______________________________________________________________________________

The Best View in England

that’s what she said. Of course,
I begin to find fault: a shrub partly obscures the view,
there’s a glint of car windows and,
if I listen hard enough, I sense the thrum of traffic.
I’ll admit the colours are strong,
mid-summer: yellows of wheat-fields,
oaky greens, and the hills’ hazed blue.
A single cloud hovers off-centre, elders waft,
sheep bleat, swallows jaunt. Yes, it’s lovely.
But the Best View?
                               It’s like someone telling you
their top three films. You’ll disagree. Instantly.
Plus, there isn’t a river, the valley could be deeper,
the blue, bluer.
                          Had she not said a thing,
I’d have sat here, quietly smug,
feeling I’d discovered this place,
would have gone home, told everyone
I’d found the Best View in England.

-Katrina Naomi

(First published in The Spectator)

THE ARVON BLOG

Molly McGrann – My Arvon Story

04 Jun 2019 / #Arvon50

Being a writer is a solitary business: we sit and write for hours.  We all do it differently, in different places,…

Read more

Sketching Hurst Impressions with My Long White Cane

29 May 2019 / The Hurst

Sketching Hurst Impressions with My Long White Cane
by Loraine Howard

My eyes tell lies and shutting…

Read more

Julie Summers – Give it a Chance

28 May 2019 / #Arvon50

When you go on an Arvon writing course anything can happen. Shutting sixteen people in a remote house with talented, generous…

Read more

Andrew McMillan – #Arvon50

21 May 2019 / #Arvon50

When I was just about to graduate from undergraduate study, Arvon began to run a scheme, connected to an anniversary, where…

Read more
Read more

This website uses cookies to give you the best experience. Agree by clicking the 'Accept' button.