Swallowed Tears

Crystal tears fall from sad eyes,
made of pain she held inside,
numbness stole the need to cry,
shook her head and simply sighed.

Shook her head and simply sighed,
watch as years migrate through time,
deep within, pieces had died,
every time she failed to climb.

Every time she failed to climb,
motivation was declined,
turn sweet goals to bitter lime,
newfound fears fog up her mind.

Newfound fears fog up her mind,
hopeful heart transformed old sights,
force bad thoughts to become kind,
gathered tears light up so bright.

Gathered tears light up so bright,
bright future will always rise,
happiness deep inside shines,
crystal tears fall from blessed eyes.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Moonwashed Weekly Challenge November 21, 2023
Prompt – Migrate


Love wishes she could have it all,
wipe every tear,
catch every fall.

Pray she never feels down or sad,
her big bright smiles,
makes my heart glad.

But these actions may not be good,
with wants and needs,

Try to teach lessons, she can learn,
give her rewards,
for what she earns.

Overindulgence devalues,
transforms warm hearts,
into statues.

At times may erase sympathy,
blind sincere eyes
from empathy.

A hug and praise may be just right,
small ice cream scoop,
can bring delight.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Written for Melissa Lemay’s Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #243

Turn Around

Never thought this is, what would be,
reflections stare right back at me,
to challenge what my blurred eyes see,
old encaged thoughts drift to fly free.

My hot blood flows like windy seas,
with pressure of a narrow stream,
present times erase all past dreams,
hopes choke on muffled barks and screams.

Tomorrow’s goals roam to then flee,
too tired to chase after keys,
the future never guarantees,
today holds what blank minds foresee.

Thoughts of a bone ignites pure glee,
energy guides where bright steps lead,
mirrored paths dig up hopeful seeds,
a sense of pride produce sweat beads.

Inner rewards provide great peace,
happiness flows with serene ease,
sit still like a wise ancient tree,
feel my tail dance within the breeze.

Footsteps arrive so suddenly,
to bring treats and rub my belly,
blissful daydreams buzz like a bee,
to paint bright possibilities.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Response to Sadje’s picture prompt on What Do You See # 213 November 20 , 2023

Wishful Thinking (Published at Spillwords)

I wish I could be satisfied,
grateful as time just passes by,
emotions are intensified,
while living in an empty lie.

I wish mistakes were rectified,
forgiveness leads to second tries.
Let happiness invade and guide,
so haunting memories all die.

I wish my thoughts were classified,
to not slip up with quick replies,
my voice could whisper deep inside,
where sentiments lay and reside.

I wish my scorn was pacified,
so inner peace could touch the sky.
Euphoric visions open wide,
and manifest before my eyes.

I wish daydreams were gratified,
held expectations floating high,
opposing views all cast aside,
so harmony can always fly.

I wish all delights amplified,
so that my mind stops asking “why?”
Pray disappointments all subside,
and tears of joy are all I cry.

– Grace Y. Estevez- Reddy

I am so excited to announce that my poem “Wishful Thinking” is now available at Spillwords Press. I would like to thank Dagmara K., and the whole team at Spillwords for publishing this poem, and for all of their continued support.

I would be so very grateful if you would go here, and like/comment as well. Thank you! 💕

Infinite Dance

Ballet moves live in her mind,
vivid scenes create a dance,
pirouettes swirl, then combine,
emotions slowly enhance.

Tiptoeing to melodies,
as her heart, whispers soft chimes,
music strums loud memories,
flow through blank, old hollow times.

Spin around to expose veils,
hypnotized by silent tunes,
breathless hums uncover tales,
scented with timeless perfume.

Daydreams fall, tainted goals crash,
stagnant tears cascade like rain.
Eyes twinkle as streetlights flash,
pinch of brightness on aged pain.

Years evaporate and pass,
minutes sway within the breeze,
held pose wrapped in deep contrast,
box inner storms till they freeze.

Leap high to peaceful raindrops,
images run through her head.
Heartbeats hop, she twirls non stop,
regains wishes left for dead.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Written for Melissa Lemay’s Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #242


Slight glance through a door,
eager eyes explore,
a little bit more,
of nature’s true core.

A peek into life,
true beauty aligns,
perfectly divine,
flamboyant design.

Pink trees make their mark,
trickle cheerful sparks,
hopes glow in the dark,
priceless work of art.

Magically there,
dances in the air,
a mystical flare,
infinitely rare.

Deep doubts are exhaled,
sorrows soon take sail,
move past anchored fails,
pure peace is inhaled.

Positive thoughts form,
days that ease strong storms,
clear actions perform,
so hearts can feel warm.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Moonwashed Weekly Challenge November 14, 2023
Prompt – Flamboyant


Strong little girl,
walks all alone,
shiny rare pearl,
kicks up loose stones.

Cute plushy pet,
her closest friend,
softness reflects,
power transcends.

Carries her toy,
great lion heart,
a gift of joy,
will soon impart.

The world she sees,
holds distinct views,
prays unity,
helps hate defuse.

Empathy tugs,
her giant soul,
she offers hugs,
bright warmth consoles.

Does what she can,
then helps some more,
love builds her plans,
to cure all wars.

Endlessly blessed,
her path is clear,
happy smiles spread,
and feel sincere.

Deep wishful thoughts,
forever kind,
sweet actions caught,
peace intertwines.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Response to Sadje’s picture prompt on What Do You See # 212 November 13 , 2023

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