#1 Amazon Bestseller – Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women

I am so delighted and honored to have two of my poems “Secure” and “Control” be a part of Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women. This anthology celebrates the power of women by bringing awareness to the role they play in society and the obstacles they overcome.

The book is edited by Amazon #1 Bestselling Poet Gabriela Marie Milton, published by author Ingrid Wilson, and illustrated by Nick Reeves. Thanks to all the incredible people, including the over 100 poets from around the world, who have brought this important work to fruition!

You can check it out here.

United Voices

Women choosing to unite
O
penhearted beaming bright
U
nafraid to stand and fight
N
aturally filled with pure light
D
etermined to share insight
S
isterhood infused with might

Inclined to reach greater heights

Headstrong while making wrongs right
E
ver ready day and night
A
lways ready to take flight
L
oyalty flows like a knight
E
nchanting with pure delight
D
etermined to take the bite

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

I am so delighted and honored to have two of my poems “Secure” and “Control” be a part of Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women. This highly anticipated anthology, edited by Gabriela Marie Milton (Short Prose), published by Ingrid Wilson (Experiments in Fiction), with original artwork by (Nick Reeves) debuts on June 18, 2022. Thank you so much, Gabriela, Ingrid, and Nick for all your efforts to bring these powerful poems out into the hands of readers. So excited to read this wonderful book.

Pass the Baton

A little girl born without flaws,
was raised to never ask for more.
Rules made by others were her law,
dissatisfaction filled her core.

She spent her days buried in books,
while multitasking as she cooked.
Felt success would someday be hooked,
but doubted she had what it took.

As days went by, she was annoyed,
felt like a doll or a stuffed toy.
made sure all duties were employed ,
but craved for ones she could enjoy.

Secretly chose to change her ways,
in hopes to build up better days,
knowing all things turn out okay,
she hoped strong will was here to stay.

The years flew by without a pause,
self assurance caught every fall.
Pursued her dreams, crumbled big walls,
independence helped her stand tall.

She kissed her daughter on her head,
while putting old customs to bed.
Knowing her strength will now be spread,
excited for what lays ahead.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Stand Firm

A little girl,
with a big dream,
held onto faith
until it beamed.
Broke from the chains,
saw through the schemes,
found inner strength
felt so supreme.

Did what she could
to avoid hooks,
but was still forced
to clean and cook.
Women she loved,
relied on looks,
were taught to read
mirrors not books.

Determined to
release this bind,
chose to enrich
her hungry mind,
The veil soon fell,
no longer blind,
learned how to search
and how to find.

Embraced this change,
she took a chance,
climbed up steep hills
pulled and advanced.
Grew confidence,
danced with romance,
touched many hearts,
helped, and enhanced.

– Grace Y. Estevez Reddy

Lady

Silver streams fall on her face,
as years hide within her grace,
memories of wisdom gained,
recall all gifts she obtained.


She sees all that tries to hide,
holds her tongue keeps thoughts inside,
will not compromise her light,
always stands for what feels right.


Finding beauty in all things,
accepting destiny’s ring.
Laughing off what may annoy,
celebrates only pure joy.


Sitting silent at debates,
never adding any hate,
bringing peace when she arrives,
spreading love that grows and thrives.


She transformed from insecure,
spreading light is her main cure.
Warming hearts that turned icy,
inner flare always spicy.


Secret smile worn on her lips,
savoring the smallest sips,
removing all dark eclipse,
proudly sailing on her ship
.

– Grace Y. Estevez-Reddy

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