For a Moment

City lights caress her face,
excitement pulsates dull veins,
hopes and dreams soon interlace,
free will breaks insecure chains.

Hungry steps narrate her pace,
nightlife rhythm cures all strains,
sorrows instantly erase,
only pure passion remains.

Music guides her to this place,
smokey mirrors pour champaign,
waltz around with pride and grace,
hard work week drifts into space.

Dance to clear off tough rat race,
energy dismisses pain,
joyful laughs greet to embrace,
release fails, focus on gains.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Moonwashed Weekly Challenge November 28, 2023
Prompt – Nightlife

Follow the Path

Under the moon,
cobblestone path,
bright peaceful swoon,
clears inner wrath.

Each step feels right,
magical ride,
provides insight,
spiritual guide.

Dark shades of blue,
slowly surround,
faith offers clues,
hopes dance around.

Under the moon,
light houses shine,
warm love cocoons,
wishes align.

Dreams fly a kite,
ambitions land,
joyful delight,
cascade on hands.

Infinite views,
flash so profound,
ignite a fuse,
that slept so sound.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Response to Sadje’s picture prompt on What Do You See # 214 November 27 , 2023


Your weapon of choice, a piercing harsh tongue.
the most hurtful shots, fly straight through her lungs.
Leaving her breathless, shaken to her core,
dismiss all emotions, by slamming their doors.

Your ego is so strong, it eats at her soul,
she tries to hold on, but gives up control.
Her mind is all bruised, along with her heart,
too strong to let go, too weak to depart.

Alone in the cold, no where else to be,
no money for food, afraid of the streets.
Fearful to go home, she already left,
slowly walking back, with stones in her chest.

She looks for an option, searching hard for strength,
finds answers inside, while holding her breath,
the slowest exhale, releases her pain,
you may hold her body, but never her brain.

Embracing the moment, the time is right now,
she knows she will make it, but does not know how.
Decides not to enter, instead turns around,
will start from the bottom, pull up from the ground.

The sun shines so bright, glistens on her face,
she may be unstable, but will find her place.
Good riddance to you, she has no regrets,
knowing she is ready to pass any test.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Originally Published January 15, 2021


So thankful for my everyday,
the bright blue sky with golden rays.
Absorb calm views when times are grey,
through thick or thin life is okay.

Deep gratitude highlights my eyes,
pulls deep within, joys flutter high.
Connected hearts unite and fly,
together laugh until they cry.

So thankful for food on each plate,
wonderful time without debates.
Fond memories loved ones create,
happily linked to celebrate.

Deep gratitude Thanksgiving day,
hope old bygones swiftly decay.
May serene thoughts enhance always,
so only good times come to stay.

So thankful for another year,
without so many threats to fear.
Discretely wipe a single tear,
silently smile, inwardly cheer.

Deep gratitude rooted inside,
look all around, feel immense pride.
So much pure love rests by my side,
pure faith and grace always provides.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Originally Published November 24, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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