Necessary

I come to you, heart on my sleeve,
to say farewell before I leave.
To lay the truth out on your hands,
in hope that you could understand.
I trust that we will be just fine,
once I express thoughts on my mind.
In breaking down our concrete wall,
all issues will instantly fall.

I look at you, feeling dismay,
as your eyes do not look the same.
Your face became a hollow mask,
as if my presence is your task.
My ego rises as I see,
your smile wants to belittle me.
My words come out a jumbled song,
absorbing peace and feeling wrong.

Regain my self control once more,
antagonizing looks ignored.
Came here this time to make things right,
final goodbye without a fight.
Am doing this to close old ties,
without the need for petty lies.
You have your path and I have mine,
both living happy distinct lives.

– Grace Y. Estevez-Reddy



Shedding

A naked rose
released her past,
slowly undressed
as time soon passed.


Memories shed
as petals dropped,
the present stays,
the future stopped.


Delicate frame
dried and decayed,
her form now gone
beauty remains.


Body secured
by prickly thorns,
holding her space
although now worn.


The lightest touch
piercing my finger,
her figure gone
her scent still lingers.

– Grace Y. Estevez-Reddy

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