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The Empty House
by Walter De La Mare

See this house, how dark it is
Beneath its vast-boughed trees!
Not one trembling leaflet cries
To that Watcher in the skies
Remove, remove thy searching gaze,
Innocent of heavens ways,
Brood not, Moon, so wildly bright,
On secrets hidden from sight.

Secrets, sighs the night-wind,
Vacancy is all I find;
Every keyhole I have made
Wails a summons, faint and sad,
No voice ever answers me,
Only vacancy.
Once, once the cricket shrills,
And far and near the quiet fills
With its tiny voice, and then
Hush falls again.

Mute shadows creeping slow
Mark how the hours go.
Every stone is mouldering slow.
And the least winds that blow
Some minutest atom shake,
Some fretting ruin make
In roof and walls. How black it is
Beneath these thick boughed trees!

It's about time those gnomes did some gardening!
11th Jan 2007, 10:20  


hildegard says:

How about a Japanese feel this year? Tiny junipers & cushion moss... ;)

11th Jan 2007, 10:26

paintist says:

and zen garden with sand and a small rake.....That sounds good....

11th Jan 2007, 10:28

swamprose says:

with a very very small rake.

the paint crawl in the top one is so pleasing.

11th Jan 2007, 12:05

jesson says:

But you're a gnome girl! YEAH! Are you coming over for the Interenational Gnome Convention in the Blue Mountains of Australia next week???? Not kidding- there's really such a convention!

11th Jan 2007, 12:16

paintist says:

Swamprose...the paint crawl was a texture effect from a worked quite well :-)
Jesson if only I could make it !

11th Jan 2007, 13:07

Puddlepuff says:

I might be time to free the Gnomes....

11th Jan 2007, 13:17

Viv says:

what when they have such a lovely home!

sense you are still looking for inspiration

11th Jan 2007, 17:36

MaggieD says:

.... if you are looking for a small rake, there is always Sprocket (he does have aspirations in that direction) ......

11th Jan 2007, 20:39

euphoria says:

people against gnome labour! hahahah!

12th Jan 2007, 03:43

yatesybear says:

Great poem, love it.

12th Jan 2007, 05:21

Euphro says:

Lovely shots and lovely poem to go with them :)

12th Jan 2007, 10:51

factotum says:

I love these bird estates! I've been rummaging back in your blog, looking for the original set of photos, and have found all sorts of interesting things that I missed the first time through. (for example, Julie Arkell). The gnome garden is coming along splendidly!

13th Jan 2007, 02:45

the grave yard looks a bit bedraggled though...

13th Jan 2007, 12:20

FilbertFox says:

now singing the david bowie song

14th Jan 2007, 09:24

midlife says:

Nice Bird Sanctuary and pics!

15th Jan 2007, 06:35

Love it :-)

15th Jan 2007, 22:19

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