Spotlight Poetry – The Listeners – A poem by Walter de la Mare

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© Mo Kelly, The Listeners, 2017

The Listeners by Walter de la Mare

‘Is there anybody there?’ said the Traveller,   
   Knocking on the moonlit door;

And his horse in the silence champed the grasses   
   Of the forest’s ferny floor:
And a bird flew up out of the turret,   
   Above the Traveller’s head:

And he smote upon the door again a second time;   
   ‘Is there anybody there?’ he said.
But no one descended to the Traveller;   
   No head from the leaf-fringed sill

Leaned over and looked into his grey eyes,   
   Where he stood perplexed and still.
But only a host of phantom listeners   
   That dwelt in the lone house then

Stood listening in the quiet of the moonlight   
   To that voice from the world of men:
Stood thronging the faint moonbeams on the dark stair,   
   That goes down to the empty hall,

Hearkening in an air stirred and shaken   

   By…

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