Self Confident

Rejections appear subtilely,
through sly remarks, no one else reads.
At times it crashes abruptly,
planting deep routed doubtful seeds.

Why is it so hard to be kind?
Does it feel good to pass on strife?
Can open eyes have hearts so blind?
Do peoples grief fulfill dull lives?

Rejection murders confidence,
eliminates hopes and condemns,
a gift of great incompetence,
afraid opinions may contend.

How do poor feelings rule strong minds?
Why are wrongs kept while good vibes hide?
Can negative thoughts be assigned?
Do fears derive from deep inside?

Rejections hurt then gain control,
most often they are self imposed,
profound reflections from the soul,
healed once exposed, so they are shown.

Can insecurities find cures?
If intentions are clearly pure?
Will self expressions rest secure?
So inner whispers reassure.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Doubtful Thoughts

Doubts that swim inside my head,
on my way but sit instead.
Insecurities that spread,
doubts that linger in my head.

Took each step but feel misled,
not suspecting I would dread.
Doubts that float inside my head,
returning from where they fled.

Holds me back, freezing my tread,
doubts that cry inside my head.
Remember the words you said,
watch as hesitance is shed.

Doubts that drown inside my head,
rest in peace, buried and dead.
Follow where my soul is led,
doubts that float out of my head.

In my eyes my heart is read,
push through doubts to fly ahead.
Doubts that laid upon my head,
flew away from where they fed.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Response to Sadje’s picture prompt on What do you see #132 May 02, 2022

Push Ahead

Push through fears and doubts,
letting inner passion lead.
Conquer stagnancy.

– Grace Y Estevez – Reddy


Approval is given with just a look,
invisibly measured like reading a book.
Acknowledging smile appears in the eyes,
a wink or a nod may help to decide

Approval is given when one does not seek,
acceptance conveying what words can not speak.
Preferential treatment to those without care,
a pretty demeanor will keep people there

What is in it for me?, is often asked.
A heart that is pure but mind fully masked.
Fears always keep looming and dancing inside,
exposing all terrors that try hard to hide

Approval most given is rarely needed,
try to please them all but most are defeated.
The others are captured, engulfed in their thoughts,
displaying a shell, hoping it is bought

Approval once given is thrown in the trash,
grab what is offered then leave in a dash.
Forgiving it all for perceived approval,
erasing all doubts, drowned ego removal

– Grace Y. Estevez-Reddy

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