Fall and Rise

Simply unique, hard to explain,
bites her lips hard to feel the pain.
Swallows lost words she wants to say,
her thoughts run wild in distinct ways.

Wears a fake smile, like many do,
yet her heart always remains true.
Performs her part, forces a laugh,
keeps her eyes focused on her path.

They see her fall, she has breakdowns,
then stands up proud, to face the crowd.
She has a flair, inwardly twirls,
while being seen as a plain girl.

Her deep cuts bleed like everyone,
plants blissful seeds til hurts gone.
After she leaves her essence stays,
beautiful soul brightens each day.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Written for FFFC #215 hosted by Fandango

Undying Hope

Clip her wings,
to stop her flight,
cage her in,
cover her site.
Hear her sing
in her dim light,
shadows swing
to reach new heights.

provides more fight,
laugh and play
as if alright.
Life displays
beautiful sights,
as she prays
her heart stays bright.

Letting go
when held too tight,
always knows
to remove spite.
Nice and slow
inner delight,
as she flows
into the night.

Wonders high
like a proud kite,
glow filled eyes
her soul ignites.
Spirit flies,
tales overwrite.
Graceful skies,
faith reunites.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy


Both wings have been clipped.
Need pulls hopes up the mountain.
The ship always sails.

– Grace Y. Estevez-Reddy

Originally published on December 26, 2020

Clean Slate

Today is a new start,
hold the wheel and steer,
pieces play their parts,
fate keeps dancing near.

Today is a new start,
grab it by the horn,
yesterday departs,
the future is born.

Today is a new start,
rising with the sun,
old lessons made smart,
learn to have some fun.

Today is a new start,
decide to wear smiles,
touching many hearts,
spreading joy for miles.

Today is a new start,
“what will be” flows near,
marking a restart,
past fog becomes clear.

Today is a new start,
same goes for tonight,
life is a blank chart,
designed for delight.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy


Hurt people hurt others,
I have often been told.
Invisible bruises
can turn warm into cold.

Inflicting discomforts
gives a false sensed control.
Feeling so empowered
feeding their darkened holes.

They never imagined
life would end up like this,
by hurting another
they fall down an abyss.

One fine day they will see
all the heartaches they caused,
It will grasp from within
forcing them to then pause.

Once the negative stops,
they can find hidden roots.
Exposing their dark past
will leave their ego mute.

As trauma resolves,
newfound peace they will find.
Empathy for others
can make this world feel kind.

– Grace Y. Estevez-Reddy

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