Secret of Mother by Brenda-Lee Ranta


Waking in the morning

To little faces of demand

for time

for love

for service

for Mother


What is  makes it so

this irreverent title

without fanfare

applying to millions

distinctive to you

and them


Meals whirl by her, on

an endless assembly line

washings that blow in the

wind, will be hung again

story books that are well

worn, will be read again


The life of Mother is repetitive

at times, a mundane existence

one day bleeding into the next

Yet irreplaceable to her babies,

who will grow to either praise

or despise past deeds of Mother


Mother dreamt downy dreams

in her impregnated state, while

sleeping with one hand resting

in an empty bassinet; the other

on her bloated tummy, longing

to embrace her precious miracle


That spelled the end of

sleeping in on weekends

leisurely shopping

social evenings


lack of purpose


Mother happily relinquished

her life, in exchange for the

life of her little ones; in them

she placed her hopes

her dreams,

her time,

her love


It is in some distant future

that she will have to set free

the product of her upbringing

and return to herself, attempting

to be reacquainted with personal

freedom; but sadly she may not

have any idea ‘what to do with it.’


© Brenda-Lee Ranta


Excerpt from the book Allegories

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brenda-lee About the Author

Brenda-Lee Ranta resides in Timmins, Ontario, Canada. She shares her journey with her life partner who is a drummer, lyricist and emerging poet. She is the mother of three children, two step-children and three grand-children. She prefers to be less ambiguous in her writing and more direct, while maintaining a lyrical flow in her verse. She holds strong political views, believing in equanimity for all humankind. These views also find their way into her choice of subject matter when writing. She is very sensitive to the emotions and plight of those around her. A writer for over 51 years of her life, she was first included as a contributor to an Anthology, titled, Imperfect Paths,” published by Creative Talents Unleashed Publishing Group. She had a lifelong dream full-filled when her first book Myriad of Perceptions was published by CTU Publishing Group in November of 2016.  It attained a five star rating from ‘Readers Favorite,’ which was quite humbling, being her first book. Allegories – A Thirst for Connection is her second book of prose and poetry.  She is very honoured to share these new writings with her readers.

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  1. Secret of Mother by Brenda-Lee Ranta — Creative Talents Unleashed | The Lyrical Journal

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