Dark, Horror, Micropoetry, Poetry, Tanka, Writing

Void of Silence

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Silence stretches in

The depths of space, endless void

A lurking nightmare 

Quietly exists within

Shadows of unknown horrors 

© 5 April 2021, by Haley Scully


This piece was inspired by the excellent survival horror video game series, Dead Space, which very fittingly, takes place in the space system of a futuristic, technologically advanced world. I’ve played quite a few horror games over the years, so I usually don’t get too spooked, but Dead Space is easily one of the most terrifying series I’ve ever experienced. There’s something so unsettling and unnerving about being trapped in space, especially in a nightmarish situation. There’s the isolation, the knowledge that you’re stuck with few exits and options to escape. There’s the permeating silence that fills the air, broken only by eerie creaks and haunting wails in the distance. It all makes for a situation of building dread and terror.

And it was these concepts, ever so present in each Dead Space game, that led me to create this particular piece. I wanted to try capturing those frightening feelings of isolation, entrapment, compounding despair, and dwindling hope. So, needless to say, this poem turned out a bit dark, haha. Feel free to tell me how I did! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this poem! Also, if you’re a fan of horror games, I’d highly recommend trying the Dead Space series! 😊👍

5 thoughts on “Void of Silence”

    1. There’s still so much we don’t know about space and what’s actually in our galaxy. It’s very fascinating to me, but also kind of creepy in a way. And oh boy, in a situation that’s already horrific? Definitely scary!

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      1. Maybe a trillion or so galaxies
        hundreds of billions of stars in each galaxy
        untold planets, rocks, whatever around each star … some form of life everywhere?

        For sure!

        That is except for the so-called educated university types who question not anything more!

        But who could ask or is expect anything more?

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      2. I do think it’s really interesting to learn more about our galaxy and all the different parts that make it up. I believe there’s so much undiscovered life out there. I wonder how much we might have uncovered in the next few decades or so. Although, I feel like we’ll probably only have scratched the surface of all that exists out there! Some form of life everywhere indeed!

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