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Soul's Troll

Updated: Jan 12, 2021

The spiral path

To your soul

Is guarded by

A lonely troll.

He endeavors to stop

All who enter–

Who try to grow

And find their center.

It’s not his fault.

He has forgotten

His real, true purpose

Is to show you the button

The button to press

To open the chamber

That passageway to

Love’s container.

When you’ve mastered

The keys to life’s game

You are ready to pass

Into this flame:

The center of the heart,

The gateway to GOD…

Home is where it leads;

The troll is a fraud.

So, know that he’s there,

Nod when he tries

To keep out what simply

Must pass on by.


In you are going,

In you must go.

Your destiny awaits you–

At the end of the rainbow.

-Kayse B.

Graphic Art by Kayse B.

This is one of my favorites.... It was written in a yellow writer's cottage in Beverly Glen Canyon in the fall of 2013. The house was literally wedged against the rock wall of the canyon and had been used as a writer's retreat for years. It was quite close to Beverly Hills, but still felt connected to nature--a special thing in LA.

I was going through an especially whimsical phase with my writing that fall. This poem was my effort to playfully describe the journey that we all must take to center ourselves more in our hearts. I was just about to leave LA to go spend 6 weeks in Sedona where I knew I was going to be helping to produce a workshop called "Living in the Heart". I'd done this workshop once as a student, so I knew what it was about. It was about entering the sacred inner energetic space of the heart.

Since the original "Living in the Heart" workshop I'd felt that sometimes I could be fully present in my heart, and sometimes I got ejected, as if a troll was sitting there at the gate. Once I had the idea of the troll, the poem was written in a single pass. It just flowed right out.

Here's a photo of me from that time. I was really obsessed with the LA Botanical Garden and Arboretum and went there often. It's one of the largest and most amazing gardens I've ever visited, and I've been to many (all over the world). This pic was taken in the rose garden there.

By the way, I have most of my poems originally published on a separate poetry blog: . I am slowly moving a few of them over here, but if you want to check out the larger collection--some short, some whimsical, most spiritual, some funny, some deep--you can visit that page.


Addendum: I also recently started a poetry-based Instagram page. You can follow that for intermittent artsy word mosaics by me.

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