The Listeners

Three different treatments in monochrome:

“Is there anybody there?” said the Traveller
Knocking on the moonlit door….

craigflower farm in view royal

….For he suddenly smote on the door, even
Louder, and lifted his head:–
“Tell them I came, and no one answered,
That I kept my word,” he said….

st marychurchyard
The landmark of St. Mary’s Churchyard in Metchosin

Never the least stir made the listeners….

Aylard Farm
Aylard Farm in Metchosin

and the silence surged softly backward….

 Along with the poems of Dylan Thomas, The Listeners by Walter de la Mare is one of my all time favourites.

 Click here for the full poem; 

23 Comments Add yours

  1. Robyn G says:

    Beautiful and other worldly 🙂
    Very beautiful!!


    1. I’m glad you like it!! Thanks Robyn!!


  2. lizziegudkov says:

    Amazing photos! I especially enjoyed the one of St. Mary’s Churchyard. I’m not sure why, but there’s a mixture of peacefulness and a sense of imminent vulnerability.


    1. thanks Lizzie!! I like that one too.


  3. Aquileana says:

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  4. Peter Nena says:

    Ghostly. Brooding. Lovely.


    1. I’m glad it had that effect!!! Not too scary!! (like yours :D!) Thanks so much Peter!

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  5. joshi daniel says:

    i liked the dark effect 🙂


  6. YorkshireRascal says:

    The atmosphere in the images fits perfect to the text


  7. sixpixx says:

    What an intrusion ” that voice from the world of men”. LOVE the shots.


    1. haha!! glad you like them!!


  8. Mark Simms says:

    Love the dreamy-ness of these Cybele


  9. I love that poem, even though I was forced to learn it off-by-heart at school! Do you know his other poem “Silver”? I’ve sung a song setting of that one. It’s all about the moon and it’s beautiful.

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    1. Another beauty. You could really see the silver on everything. His words are lyrical!! I loved the Listeners because of the mystery and the futility. Something had gone wrong, Betrayer or betrayed- what had been his mission!? what had happened here!?. Deeply symbolic /psychological as well!!


  10. lauramacky says:

    They are gorgeous! I love them all…your glowy style is mysterious but not scary. Very nicely done!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. thanks so much Laura!!- should I try for scarier!!? 😀


      1. lauramacky says:

        Nooo I like dreamy 🙂


  11. #1 certainly has the feel of film-based IR imaging – I like the warm tone in #2 and #3 is a fitting image that ties in to the end of the text. Nice work.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. thanks Robert, you know!!! ( re IR #1&2). I quite liked these.


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