Malignancy

Unwanted guest
that stood too long,
was here to steal
his favorite song
.

It took his strength,
and then his hair,
he kept his smile
and rocked his chair.


It took his pride,
and made him shake,
he kept his wink,
and did not break.


It took his size,
and then his mind,
he kept his heart
and was still kind.


It took his hopes,
and then his life,
he kept his soul
and it survived.


He learned to sing
his greatest song,
it lives in him
where it belong
s.

– Grace Y. Estevez-Reddy

Curtains

When life is done, if memories last,
I will hold the good times from my past.
Fond memories, of carried smiles,
euphoric flurries, when laughs ran wild.

Every old road will become slides,
bright carnivals, packed with fun rides,
Possessions owned, now left behind,
for all I worked, I earned my pride.

All lessons learned, fly from their jars,
light up the sky, form shiny stars.
The ugly times will then be buried,
as my soul clears without a worry
.

Until that day, I will live well,
creating tales others can tell.
Open my eyes to read my story,
close them once more, relive the glory.

– Grace Y. Estevez-Reddy

Remembrance

A glowing spark
fills up the air.
I see your light
in every stare
.

Presence exudes
a stardust hue.
Droplets of you
create my view.


I search above
fluorescent stars,
to feel your wink
when you are far.

I see your smile
light up the sky.
A mystic ache
swells up my eyes.

A deep sorrow
stands in my throat.
You are now gone
I hold your coat.

Shadow my thoughts
I feel you near.
Never alone
this day each year
.

– Grace Y. Estevez-Reddy









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