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Solace by Anthony R.Salandy

(Beir Bua’s Pushcart Nominations 2021)

Unlit rooms guide my shallow steps
As conflicting thoughts echo
And give strange conversation
To my solitary mind,

Each room gives no new truth
As I stumble and lose step
Until the walls reverberate
A silence deafening-

And my sobering innocence
Is removed and that all powerful quiet
Grows to crescendo
And my faith in finding understanding-

Becomes a silent march
On into a gloaming
Where darkened trees
Act to demarcate my dying thoughts-

Along the road to a purgatory unknown.

Author Bio

Anthony R.Salandy 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 80 times internationally. Anthony has 1 published chapbook titled ‘The Great Northern Journey’. Twitter/Instagram: @anthony64120

Read the rest of issue one here.


Published by Michelle Moloney King

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