Held Control

Tell me what you want to hear,
pick the words to ease your fears.
Make sure that they all sound clear,
serene echoes linger near.

Swallow hearts that feel sincere,
let cold dark thoughts disappear.
Do not let doubts interfere,
or provoke a single tear.

Melodies ring in your ears,
sugar coat paths that appear.
Skip along with faith and cheer,
let it guide you as you steer.

Tell me now, from this point here,
is the future looking sheer?
Do you feel like a pioneer,
painting dreams that you hold dear?

Life transforms to less severe,
strong positive vibes adhere.
Every day brings souvenirs,
masterpiece expands each year.

Lighthearted, so cavalier,
confidence that perseveres,
Reflective, bright chandelier,
makes all eyes pause and revere.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Moonwashed Weekly Challenge #150 – July 04, 2023
Prompt – Masterpiece


Raw anger and rage,
blood bubbles then boils.
Red heated flushed face,
emotions recoil.
Headaches vibrate,
tears moisten dry soil.
Take mark center stage,
composure soon broils.

One strong simple phrase
shoots straight to the sun.
Both arms become rays,
hot words a shotgun.
Remember past days,
trigger so minds run.
Peace swims far away,
anxiety stuns.

Angels then embrace,
provide a restart.
Soft kiss to the face,
mends a sorrowed heart.
Veins flow with pure grace,
all tensions depart.
A warm untouched space,
offers a new start.

Clear calmness inside
rocks soul to full ease.
Pure patience provides,
freedom like the breeze.
Clarity soon guides,
provides solid keys.
Watch as fury slides,
so blurred eyes could see.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Moonwashed Weekly Challenge #146 – June 6, 2023
Prompt – Untouched


Another message left unsaid,
all hopeful thoughts, now buried dead.
Just one more dream that has been drowned,
as drops of sweat bounce off the ground.

So many efforts hit the dirt,
mouthful of sand cause endless thirst.
Exhausted tries make hearts resent,
no room to hope for what comes next.

Close eyes so tight, let it all go,
let pressures fall, release control.
Feel energy rise up ahead,
positive vibes instantly spread.

Bubbly soft suds unclog worn ears,
warming cold hearts with salty tears.
Good – natured will, gives one more try,
nothing to lose, good luck complies.

Efforts given effortlessly,
navigate life so happily.
To want for nothing, gains it all,
no need to fear possible falls.

Shed false worries for tomorrow,
chip away possible sorrows.
Every last gain is meant to be,
disappointments can set goals free.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Moonwashed Weekly Challenge #144 – May 23, 2023
Prompt – Good – Natured

Breezy Flow

Find sound words, to disguise,
all the purest emotions,
captured deep in the mind,
to form tales of devotion.

As each day passes by,
embrace peace or commotion.
Look up into the sky,
or stare through the vast ocean.

Close both heavy set eyes,
erase every old notion.
Fluttered wishes float high,
a self-formed locomotion.

Deep emotions take flight,
to create an implosion.
Twinkling stars shine so bright,
universal explosion.

Sense from both wrong and right,
sets true balance to motion.
What a beautiful sight,
once pure peace has been chosen.

Hopes floats high as a kite,
constant inner promotion.
Guides clear souls towards light,
warms hearts that were once frozen.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Moonwashed Weekly Challenge #141 – May 02, 2023
Prompt – Commotion

Positive Thought

Majestic voices,
sway soul into sleep.
Spirit rejoices,
helps inner peace leap.

Ethereal presence,
swiftly travels time.
Aerial essence,
serenely chimes.

Mystical daydreams,
guide lost empty thoughts.
Soothes echoes of screams,
stagnant fears are caught.

Euphoric plateau,
makes life feel serene.
Stairs offered below,
lights the in-between.

Magical outcomes,
secure tomorrow.
Sprinkles of light crumbs,
highlight steps to follow.

Eternal delights,
cover future years.
Delivers insight,
make life seem so clear.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Moonwashed Weekly Challenge #137 – April 4, 2023
Prompt – Ethereal


Jaded boy where did you go?
Did you lose part of your soul?
Did you find your self-control?
Did you get to ride life slow?

Saddened boy, were your cries loud?
Did you willy nilly vows?
Did you bury tears in clouds?
Did you entertain sad crowds?

Jilted boy did you sing songs?
After seeing you were wrong?
Ever after was prolonged,
haunting spirits felt so strong.

Graceful beauty always missed,
peaceful essence formed your kiss.
I repaid you with both fists,
now my penance lives with this.

Remember how hard you prayed,
regret mistakes ego made,
now accept the part I played,
eternal remorse cascade.

Never wonder how I am,
I am stuck in my own jam,
live happy create grand slams,
lion hearts can live in lambs.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Moonwashed Weekly Challenge #135 – March 21, 2023
Prompt – Willy Nilly


Attempts to climb an endless rose,
the more he moves, the more it grows,
pretends this stem is just a rope,
slippery ride relies on hope.

Pulls up his will, as he slides down,
his big bright smile becomes a frown,
Uncompromising faith flares up,
provides the strength that fills his cup.

Thorny body transforms to steps,
making this chore feel less complex,
fragrant scents permeate the air,
somehow life starts to seem more fair.

Misty rain cures his dire thirst,
he wonders which effect came first,
to know this trail is not endless,
or ability to progress.

The last push occurred rapidly,
he finished his task happily,
reached the tip top, then felt a hug,
from his awaiting ladybug.

Two ladybugs rest on petals,
so comfortable they both settle,
difficult paths can carry gain,
determination breaks all chains.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Moonwashed Weekly Challenge #132 – February 28, 2023
Prompt – Uncompromising


A voice made of honey
that can tickle the soul.
Warm comfort so sunny,
test of true self control.

Sweet yet savory words,
clog up every last pore,
deep emotions are heard,
overflows empty core.

Fragrant aroma hues,
penetrates eager nose,
idyllic great views,
can be seen with eyes closed.

Mesmerized by sweet chants
hidden within this voice.
The most powerful trance,
holds free will without choice.

A magical mystique,
rings a clear silent bell.
Forceful temptations peak,
withstand powerful spell.

Upset by the laughter,
pure souls visibly shake.
Dissolves each disaster,
unmasks deceiving snake.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Moonwashed Weekly Challenge #131 – February 21 2023
Prompt – Idyllic

The Notebook

Within a glance our hearts aligned,
our paths were crossed, so well designed.
We did not know which way to go,
laid on the street, to set the flow.

So many issues on our plate,
rolled with adventures, held to fate.
We parted ways, just to return,
time spent apart made our souls yearn.

Dream house was built and felt so right,
everyday felt endlessly bright.
Until the day, dark clouds appeared,
manifesting our greatest fears.

Illness soon came to steal our past,
memories made were meant to last.
We took a dive, swam through your mind,
felt clarity trickle behind.

If only for segments of time,
sweethearts in love felt so sublime.
We vowed to never separate,
and kept that promise true to date.

Remembered roller coaster rides,
held divine love close to our sides.
We fell asleep, tightly embraced,
left these worn bodies for pure grace.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Moonwashed Weekly Challenge #130 – February 14 2023
Prompt – Sweetheart

Uncage the Past

Time flutters by like a swift bird,
memories swim stuttering words.
Feelings hide in my heart’s ocean,
salty warm waves free emotions.

Close both worn eyes absorb and heal,
melodies chime, cold fears reveal.
Try to decide which way to flow,
hear inner chants whisper ” Let go”.

Relive this dream without a tie,
allow true self to rise up high.
Lovingly wave traumas goodbye,
watch past embers all slowly die.

Mind and soul merge within the sky,
my body falls while visions fly.
Release the past, embrace the new,
from lessons learned great wisdom grew.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Moonwashed Weekly Challenge #129 – February 7, 2023
Prompt – Lovingly

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