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deep within

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By Kristen BalyeatPublished 9 days ago Updated 9 days ago 2 min read
deep within
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it takes


c o u r a g e


j o u r n e y


w i t h i n


s t a r e

d i r e c t l y

into the

p a r t s


y o u r s e l f

that you

w i s h



s e e


s p i r a l

into the

d a r k

s h a d o w s

of your

m i n d


w i l l i n g l y

look at


d e m o l i s h



d e l u s i o n s


s c r a t c h

b l i n d e r s


your eyes


w i t n e s s

the chains

y o u ’ v e

w e l d e d

wrapping you

in the

w e i g h t



o w n

d o i n g

so tightly

e n s n a r e d

that your

f i n g e r s


b l o o d i e d

in the

r e l e a s i n g


q u i e t


c a c o p h o n y


in your

m i n d


t r u t h s


ring deep

e m b e d


l e t

g o


l o s e

t h o u g h t


f i n d

p r e s e n c e


s u r r e n d e r

to crawl

t o w a r d

the light


r i s e

w o b b l y

on your

o w n

two feet

k n o w i n g

l i b e r a t i o n


s t a n d

a g a i n

without the

s h a c k l e s


w a l k

on the

e d g e

but not



f a l l

because you

u n d e r s t a n d

what it

t a k e s


f l y

to fully

i n t e g r a t e

t r u t h s

buried deep

to be


not as the

p e r s o n


w a s


as the

p e r s o n

w a i t i n g

t o

b e

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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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    Original narrative & well developed characters

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    Niche topic & fresh perspectives

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  • Tabish Malika day ago

    Very nice poem

  • Faisal Bilal2 days ago


  • ARC4 days ago

    I read this one the morning you posted it... and apparently my phone glitched and saved neither my like nor my comment lol. (Guess that means that comment must have sucked) I'll be honest: I don't have a lot of words on this one, Kristen. You said them all. Perfectly. There's only so much agreeing a person can do with a piece before just... nodding and smiling softly. You keep drawing me back to the power of your opening line: "it takes such courage to journey deep within" ... This line... I *feel* you meaning this in a very particular way. The way that only someone who actually embodies (not just comprehends) these words can mean. For me, the poem could have ended there and been a complete masterpiece of yours. But then... you kept unfolding... ✨ Thank you for writing this. I can't help but feel our interactions have played some small role in your crafted inspiration for this piece... and this fills my heart with happiness.

  • Grz Colm5 days ago

    Very cool Kristen. 🙌 I must have missed this one! 😊

  • Stage Frame5 days ago

    Weldon on this one..

  • This is such a good poem!! Awesome job on this one!!

  • Gerald Holmes6 days ago

    I felt a spark go off in my mind as I read this. It is such a wonderfully encouraging piece of art. Loved it. Congrats.

  • Dana Stewart6 days ago

    This is beautifully affirming- congratulations on Top Story!

  • Congratulations top story!! This deserves an. Acknowledgment

  • David Balyeat6 days ago

    This is a new favorite! The mind is such a difficult labyrinth to navigate sometimes. I also think it's really creative how you use the various formatting to accelerate through the copy. Congrats on top story!

  • Gina C.6 days ago

    Soooo gorgeous, I really, REALLY loved this, and the style 😍 Amazing work, Kristen!! And congratulations on Top Story!!

  • Very good

  • Naomi Gold7 days ago

    Congrats! 🥂

  • J. R. Lowe7 days ago

    These words were just what I needed to read today - beautifully written poetry as always 😊

  • Babs Iverson7 days ago

    Brilliant & beautiful!!! Loved it!!!💖💖💕

  • Zack Graham7 days ago

    This was sobering and refreshing at the same time - exquisite use of textiled fonts, and the pacing via one word lines is superb (reminded me of EE Cummings in that regard). Excellent poem with topshelf alliteration and stylishness! Congrats!

  • Lamar Wiggins7 days ago

    Wow! That felt so real, inspiring and exciting. Thank you! I needed that. And congrats!

  • Congratulations on your Top Story🎉💖

  • MARIE ODEMS 7 days ago


  • A deep poem indeed. Congratulations on your beautiful top story!

  • Mariann Carroll7 days ago

    Congratulations 🥰👏👏👏

  • Roy Stevens7 days ago

    Hey, congratulations on the Top Story Kristen! 🎉✨

  • so well don, so much to take away. Congrats

  • Heather Hubler7 days ago

    Yeah! Congrats on Top Story for this one!!

  • Paul Stewart7 days ago

    This is brilliant and I can't believe I hadn't commented yet. Just...every single damn word is working hard for you, the formatting is awesome and I just love your mind rolls and flows! Congrats on Top Story, not surprised at all!

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