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stream of consciousness

By Kristen BalyeatPublished 4 months ago Updated 4 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - January 2024
d o r m a n t
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seeds of inspiration

wound tightly in my mind

stiffened vines entangle buds

pining to unwind

strangled thoughts

muted words

desperate to rise up for a breath

ideas clashing

conceptions thrashing

in the frozen depths they meet their death

mutterings riding frigid winds

graze against my ear

struggling to take them in

a decibel below what i can hear

staring in the murky distance

grasping at a silent void

sparks of inspiration turn to ash

before the flame can be enjoyed

parched tongue begins to crumble

words form and disappear

is this a chrysalis of creation

is metamorphosis near

disassembled thoughts

cocooned inside my brain

every attempt to draw them out

is an effort made in vain

winter has left me dormant

ideas imprisoned by the freeze

sluggish words await the thaw

longing to be freed

Stream of Consciousness

About the Creator

Kristen Balyeat

Words fly to me on the wind, bump into me as I'm strolling the city, splash me in the face while I rest by the river, and shake me awake in the middle of the night– I’m humbly one of the many vessels they use to come to life.

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  • Grz Colm4 months ago

    Have you been thawed yet? I missed this earlier but happy to read now! Congrats on your leaderboard placement and top story too! Hoping I go to your page and there’s another twenty poems since! Let me check! :) Excellent work Kristen. 😊

  • Bew4 months ago

    Engaging and expertly written, your story held my attention, leaving me eagerly anticipating what happens next. The way you skillfully blended emotions and suspense makes it a truly captivating experience. Please take a moment to read my work as well!

  • Paul Stewart4 months ago

    Back to say, hot diggidy, she's done it - Congrats on another fine Top Story, Kristen!

  • 'Tis the butterfly's struggle to escape the cocoon that fills out its wings & allows it to fly. You're not dormant, Kristen. You're filling out your wings.

  • Caroline Jane4 months ago

    Well now. These words melted onto the page! Lovely and relatable. 🥰

  • D.K. Shepard4 months ago

    Great concept and wonderful poem!

  • Carly Bush4 months ago

    Congrats on Top Story! You can feel the urgency and desperation here.

  • Ed Heerkens4 months ago

    Congratulations on top story!

  • Caroline Craven4 months ago

    Absolutely fantastic!

  • Gina C.4 months ago

    So gorgeous as always, Kristen! And so relatable. Although this is full of so much longing, it is full of inspiration as well! Amazing job and congrats on Top Story! 🤗

  • Margaret Brennan4 months ago

    This was awesome and so true. Wait! What was I going to say? Oh yeah, GREAT JOB!! congratulations on TS status

  • Test4 months ago

    Well done! Keep pushing forward with your excellent work—congrats!

  • Isabel Martinez4 months ago

    incredible work

  • sleepy drafts4 months ago

    This is so wonderful and seriously resonates. Gorgeous work. Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Rachel Deeming4 months ago

    What "The Invisible Writer" said.

  • JBaz4 months ago

    You captured the essence in beautiful words woven together. 'grasping at a silent void sparks of inspiration turn to ash before the flame can be enjoyed' just pure emotion. Congratulations

  • Joelle E🌙4 months ago

    Yes 🙌🏼🙌🏼 right there with u. I’d say u did it here tho!!

  • Awww, let me give you a big warn hug to thaw it all out and make those words flow out smoothly! 🥰🥰🥰 Loved your poem! Congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Mohammed Darasi4 months ago

    Congrats for top story Kristen!

  • Lamar Wiggins4 months ago

    Very engaging and lifelike. I felt like the MC as the words raced down the page. Awesome effect! And congrats, Kristen!

  • Oneg In The Arctic4 months ago

    I feel that your ideas definitely have not been frozen because you’re still releasing gold like this soooo 👌

  • Cathy holmes4 months ago

    Back to say congrats on the TS.

  • Heather Hubler4 months ago

    So glad this ended up on the main page!! Congrats :)

  • Dana Crandell4 months ago

    I felt this. What I wouldn't give for a nice, warm wind... You are so good at "stream of consciousness" writing! And it's a Top Story! Well done!

  • Morgana Miller4 months ago

    Fickle, frosty creative blocks! So relatable. I love that you've invoked every sense here—the chill, sounds too quiet to hear, the vision of vines entangling the mind, the tongue crumbling to ash—there's so much for the reader to absorb and immerse themselves in, I'm totally "in it" with you! Really beautifully done. 💕

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