A promise to stay,
forces actions to sway.
False hopes still remain,
tender hearted from pain.

To walk all alone,
heavy feet feel like stones.
Memories hold time,
dance to silent wind chimes.

Live life nonchalant,
gain all needs but no wants.
Difficult to know,
all the power thoughts own.

Regrets drive minds mad,
guilts lament what hands had.
Ego pushes starts,
true love never departs.

Learn how to accept,
allow soul to connect.
Pure smiles light days up,
to fill all empty cups.

Bittersweet farewell,
no more reasons to dwell.
Blink away old views,
essence forever true.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Written for Melissa Lemay’s Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #235


Broken hinges,
power strolls.
Greed infringes,
lessons scroll.

Sugar wishes,
shine on goals,
repair glitches,
to fill holes.

Full view mixes,
results show.
Hollow fixes,
wealth soon grows.

Scratch deep itches,
self control.
Find clear niches,
fill lost roles.

Build strong bridges,
pay the toll.
Smooth out ridges,
future rolls.

Climb up inches
pave clear roads.
Conquer flinches,
solid mold.

Gleam with riches,
choices glow.
Faithful switches,
help hopes flow.

Velvet kisses,
comforts soul.
Sews and stitches,
new and whole.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Response to Sadje’s picture prompt on What Do You See # 205 September 25, 2023


Strength in silence goes unheard,
swiftly slices with no words.
Scream out loudly with deep looks,
reads each thought like a good book.

Blinded eyes still see beauty,
screens away hidden cruelty.
Focuses on what will be,
count out goals to sets hopes free.

Negatives fall on deaf ears,
quickly diminishes fears.
Searches beyond vibrant sounds,
synch with tones that feel profound.

Well known scents fill up the air,
warmest hues still linger there.
Absorbs each joyful warm tear,
senses pure light as it nears.

Instant numbness with one touch,
new sensation is too much.
Stimulates within each soul,
dusty fears shed, fall, and go.

Releases all anchored doubt,
positive vibes spread about.
Feel powerful and complete,
spreads pure love throughout heartbeats.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Originally Published October 23, 2021


Extended your hand,
when I was alone,
you held me so tight,
then swallowed me whole.

I laid in your heart,
then made it my home,
lit a bright candle,
to then watch it glow.

You traveled through space,
navigated time,
made life a movie,
I laughed at your crimes.

I tugged at your heart,
whispered all you felt,
ignited your sparks,
made the hot wax melt.

Lived your adventure,
peeked through your wide eyes.
Till one fated day,
I tugged at your side.

Exposed profound thoughts,
we laughed till we cried.
Clutched to each other,
made days into rides.

Apart we dissolve,
entwined so solid.
Your chest my pillow,
offers tears solace.

Form a fairyland
where we both fly free,
together we stand,
true love guaranteed.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Celestial Moment

Sun sets sweetly, with a yawn,
winks to greet the break of dawn.
Smiles upon the end of day,
gorgeous sight on full display.

Honey covered gingered sky,
watches as wild birds fly high.
Aimlessly dance in the air,
whistle loudly without care.

Shadowed beams highlight dark winds,
earth stands still as dim minds spin.
Walks on water, twinkles bright,
magically lights the night.

Amber painted view above,
makes hearts instantly feel love.
Embraces with a warm hug,
feels so cozy, safe, and snug.

Golden tinted glittered breeze,
awesome joy enlaced with peace.
Serene vision, eyes absorb,
bubble of hope in vast orb.

Autumn nights sway the proud trees,
nature’s beauty flows so free.
Hopeful outlooks are believed,
clarity is well received.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Moonwashed Weekly Challenge #161 – September 19, 2023
Prompt – Gingered Sky

Tea Break

Daydreams form,
great fantasies,
flip the norm,
drink canopies.
Downward pour,
feeds hungry cup,
sweet scents soar,
flavor steams up.

Great design,
loyal and true.
Draws no lines,
Kettle floats,
without a care,
magic gloats,
tempts hearts to dare.

Herbs compile,
fills day with grace.
A bright smile,
lands on my face.
Absorb view,
while sipping tea,
Savor hues,
of what will be.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Response to Sadje’s picture prompt on What Do You See # 204 September 18, 2023

Floating Dreams

Saddle on an ocean wave,
ride it till dreams fly away.
Pages turn with blows of wind,
bright stars shield to protect skin.

Crescent moon, comfy pillow,
bask in breaths of pure love known.
Build a fort, high in the air,
balance breezes, life feels fair.

Songs performed by a red rose,
angel kisses tip of nose,
vibrant rainbows paint bright views,
endless sky in shades of blue.

Break of dawn exhales a wish,
sunrises help hopes flourish.
Close a portal day or night,
shines a bright euphoric light.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Originally Published July 30, 2021


Is it worth it?
Should I quit?
Did the summit
steal my wit?

Just a shell of who I was,
nothing left but smoke and dust.

If I lost
tell me who won
at what cost
finally done

Is a chuckle worth the tears
my depression offers cheer

Go kick rocks,
or lay in bed,
no loud knocks,
hopes gone and dead.

Benefits can open eyes,
try once more to gain surprise.

Win a prize,
exposed within.
Gifts arise,
learn how to win.

Take it one day at a time,
let hearts guide as lessons chime.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Seek and Find

Look around, search deep inside,
try hard to identify,
which adviser serves to guide,
will it stand to testify?

Careless ember creates fire,
shocked trees paralyzed by flames.
Gush of wind brings dark desires,
rain showers drive away blaze.

Fluffy clouds have pillow fights,
crash gleams with beams of pure light.
Paint rainbows within the sky,
smiles of hope embrace sad eyes.

Pretty, ugly, good, and bad,
unrivaled truths no heart had.
Anchored bags, heavy and sad,
bring warm love to make souls glad.

Inner voice, signals whats right.
cover fears that fall at night.
Clear glow transforms dark to bright,
there to supply deep insight.

Shiny stars, twinkles displayed
moonlight causes gloom to sway.
Sunlight brightens each new day,
so true self can lead the way.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Moonwashed Weekly Challenge #160 – September 12, 2023
Prompt – Unrivaled

Tomorrow’s Tree

Divine love stands
under a tree,
interlock hands,
forever free.

Excited bikes
hide in plain site,
when the clock strikes
escape the night.

Run far away
never look back,
create bright days
burn salty tracks.

Crochet heartbeats
playfully dance,
fresh air smells sweet
souls take a chance.

Daydreams cascade
until smiles shine,
stagnant tears fade
as hopes combine.

Peacefully shift,
to fill up voids.
Life is a gift,
to be enjoyed.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Response to Sadje’s picture prompt on What Do You See # 203 September 11, 2023

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