There’s No Going-Back.

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 the lonely Traveller’s call.

And he felt in his heart their strangeness,   
   Their stillness answering his cry,
While his horse moved, cropping the dark turf,   
   ’Neath the starred and leafy sky;

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.


– – –

Never the least stir made the listeners,   
   Though every word he spake
Fell echoing through the shadowiness of the still house   
   From the one man left awake:

– – –

Ay, they heard his foot upon the stirrup,   
   And the sound of iron on stone,
And how the silence surged softly backward,   
   When the plunging hoofs –


were gone.

Source: The Collected Poems of Walter de la Mare (1979).

‘Paraphrasingly ‘spaced’
by the site editing-publisher
johnsdmiles@gmail.com
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What On Earth’s The Good …

of hankering after any
Past-Civilisation
especially-currently
this 21st-Century most recently
“failed-&-ongoingly-failing”
one.

“What’s the Good…”
when the
Current-World-Domineering-Constitutions,
Militancies,
and
‘Further-Educations’
are so
weapons-of-mass-destructionly

“fixed”

in
“non-negotiable
one-way top-down
“Perfections” –

unable to even
recognise
New Knowledge & KnowHow
let alone ever
newly-learn
any of it.
—————————-
FOR ALL ITS GOOD & SUSTAINWORTHY PARTS

This
“Super-Powerfully-Destructive”
“New-Millennium-Civilisation”

is a
Failure-in-Progress”

because
It is
Ultimately

.1.
Unable & Unwilling
to

either

.A.
Radically-&-Peacefully
Self-Reform;

or

.B.
Found
an Alternative
Co-Sustainworthying Sub-Civilisation.
– – – – – – – – –

And The Galling
Gagging,
Handcuffing,
and Straitjacketing
of it all
is that

There Is Nothing

Effective

Any-One Is Doing
or
Can Do
To Correct This Civilisation’s Faults

and to
Set
Both Us Humans
&
This Earth’s-Lifesupports
both
Immediately
and
Longest-Termly
upon a
Sustainworthily-Sustainable
&
Sustainworthying
“Track” & “Way-Ahead”.
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Editing-Publisher’s Note:

“If any such
‘better-way-ahead’
had been possible –
surely
‘some-one’
would have emailed it in here
by now ?”