Three Terrifying Poems By Anthony Salandy


Kensington October ’19
Once did I wake
To see a woman above me,
Wrapped in flowing linen
And silently staring at my slumber,

But on as the night wore on
Did drowsy winds come once more,
As tremors echoed through curtains warped,

And translucent under a full moon
Where howls electrified that ominous night,
Where moonlight danced with my soul
And took light from eyes many,

Silent and swift, in that hotel of phantoms.

The Silent Man
As midnight came and went
And storm clouds brought despair
Down to quaint dwellings

Where dimly lit street lights
Could be seen to flicker
As downpour began to grow

On the humble town
Where saint and sinner too
Dwelled so passively

That even the ominous crack
Of threatening thunder
Brought no fear,

For in a quiet town
Where phone boxes dotted
Worn cobbled streets

Could the silent rustle of keys
Be so gently heard
Amongst the howl of a relentless sky

So eagerly anticipating
The slow bludgeoning
Of all those that rested content

In their eternal beds,
For which they needn’t have understood
Would be all they would finally know-

When the silent man drew near.

Wayward Waves
Out in the open water
Was where it rested
So gently swaying

In the expanse that was an abyss
So large that one could
Not possibly see beyond

The slow trance of navy waves
That passed through the profound
Mass for which we searched

And searched still
Until we came upon it resting
So peacefully just above

The melancholic depth
Which lurked so eerily below,
That it was any wonder that

It had already taken
What we hoped to save
Or perhaps naively longed to protect,

For just above the surface
A shallow face rested amongst
The warring waves

That rocked it into eternal rest.


Anthony is a mixed-race poet & writer whose work tends to focus on social inequality throughout late-modern society. Anthony travels frequently and has spent most of his life in Kuwait jostling between the UK & America. Anthony’s work has been published 55 times. Anthony has 1 published chapbook titled ‘The Great Northern Journey’.
Twitter/Instagram: @anthony64120

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