Requiem of a Life by Brenda-Lee Ranta


Crevices, so deep, so furrowed,

consumed her entire face

Heavy, sagging creases,

curtained liquidy eyes,

which spoke a plurality of tales

A history anthology, now

deemed her private collection


Her eyes held secrets,

truths, heart wrenching sadness

Eyes which once sparkled with youth,

had laid to rest all those she loved,

outliving them, out-loving them,

in memories; some quite lucid,

some cloudy, milky concepts


Sitting by the window,

watching children playing,

she waits for death to come

She longs to be swaddled

in it’s warm darkness, longing

for the caress of it to bring

her sweet release


Envied for her long life;

having seen the world

transform in rapid successions

Life was indefatigable in it’s

hunger for progress and change

Her comfort would have been

satisfied, had there been continuity


Her bones cry out in exhaustion,

groaning like old floorboards

settling into the marshy earth

So she sits, flesh on bone,

skin hanging like the folds on

an accordion or a Japanese fan;

Children play beyond her window..


Oh come sweet caress,



© Brenda-Lee Ranta


Excerpt from the book “Myriad of Perceptions”

$13.95 Plus Shipping ~ Available at CTU Publishing Group and

brenda About the Author

Brenda-Lee Ranta resides in a small mining town, in Timmins, Ontario, Canada.  She has been employed with her local Police Service for 19 years. She shares her journey with her life partner, who is a musician, poet and lyricist; their rescue dog, Jake and rascal cat Fritz. She is the mother of three children, two step-children and three grandchildren.  They are her greatest pride and joy.

 Always moved by poetry and prose, she has been most inspired by the works of Leonard Cohen, an amazing Canadian word-smith. This is her first book containing a cross section of her works.

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