Walter de la Mare Poem “SOME ONE”

Nancy wrote to me looking for: “the complete poem by Walter de la Mare which starts with: ‘Someone came a-knocking on my wee small door….'”

Here is Walter de la Mare’s poem called SOME ONE:


Some one came knocking
At my wee, small door;
Some one came knocking,
I’m sure – sure – sure;
I listened, I opened,
I looked to left and right,
But naught there was a-stirring
In the still dark night;
Only the busy beetle
Tap-tapping in the wall,
Only from the forest
The screech-owl’s call,
Only the cricket whistling
While the dewdrops fall,
So I know not who came knocking,
At all, at all, at all.

You can find this poem online in PEACOCK PIE A Book of Rhymes by Walter de la Mare.

Here’s another poem from the book you might like…


Slowly, silently, now the moon
Walks the night in her silver shoon:
This way, and that, she peers and sees
Silver fruit upon silver trees;
One by one the casements catch
Her beams beneath the silvery thatch;
Couched in his kennel, like a log,
With paws of silver sleeps the dog
From their shadowy cote the white breasts peep
Of doves in a silver-feathered sleep;
A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
With silver claws and silver eye;
And moveless fish in the water gleam
By silver reeds in a silver stream.

Hope you enjoy them!

Mama Lisa

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10 Responses to “Walter de la Mare Poem “SOME ONE””

  1. Mollie Says:

    Thank you!

    I have been racking my brain for a very long time, trying to remember the exact words of this poem, learnt in school in Ireland 60-odd years ago!

  2. katrina Says:

    “Incredible!!!” How one small poem can haunt you. I have been searching for the ending to this poem for ages…thank you so very much.

  3. ritisha Says:

    i love this poem so many memorries are attached to this poem

  4. Cindy Says:

    Thank you for this poem. I have always loved “The Listeners” by Walter de la Mare and this one goes so well with it!

  5. Rachel Says:

    love the poem “some one” learnt it in grade school…brings back lots of fun memories…

  6. cheryl Says:

    i was about 10 or 12 when i heard this poem at school we had to learn it , but as years passed on i recalled only the first verse this always was my favourite .

  7. Thommy Says:

    Thank you for providing the whole poem of ‘Some one’.
    I could not remember the second verse fully.

    I learnt it at primary school in South Africa almost 60 years ago!
    So glad it’s still popular.
    Thank you.

  8. Nora Says:

    Similarly, I learned this poem when I was 6 in St Cuthbert’s School Edinburgh. My teacher, Miss Mitchell, posed the question to the class, who do you think it was? We all made suggestions but there was no real answer.
    It’s always been in my mind.

  9. Karen Says:

    Thank you for printing this. I love this poem, which we memorized in elementary school in the early 60s. I remember the first six lines as above, but the rest was lost to me. I thought it turned out that the knocking was “just the wind.”

  10. josie Says:

    Can’t believe I found the poem. Didn’t know the name of the author, I love this poem, I memorized it when I was in the 6th or 7th grade. I would say it to my own children, now I say it to my grandchildren. To now I still remember very work, Love this poem.

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