A ragged house, high on a cliff,
loose wooden frame, support adrift.
Doe-eyed young girl, innocent soul,
filled with stories, yet to be told.
Active childhood, studies at home,
nutrition scarce, filled up with foam.
Watch profound hurts turn into scars,
obtained visions took her quite far.
Saved wages designed a new life,
saved her from stagnancy and strife.
An unknown country filled with dreams,
fluorescent lights drowned out extremes.
Vigorous heart, beats in her chest,
always at work, no time for rest.
Still, a bright smile shines on her face,
gleams hues filled with natural grace.
Every downfall brings a new chance,
turning sorrows into a dance.
Sunlight appears with gifts of luck,
liberty bells of freedom struck.
Serene breezes inflate her lungs,
taste of homemade sweets coat her tongue.
Winning ticket held at her side,
future visions expand so wide.
Unbalanced house is fixed at last,
mending the holes from a dim past.
Positive vibes, the greatest gift,
a humble soul sparkles and lift.
– Grace Y. Estevez-Reddy
Originally Published on March 27, 2021