Discarded by Brenda-Lee Ranta

Narcissists make love
to themselves in mirrors
practiced faces of empathy;
practiced tears
rehearsals held daily
urging you to talk
picking you apart
pulling wings off

with well-meaning smiles
generosity with a price
nothing is free
they need people
for adulation
what is a performance
without an audience?

they begin a sentence
by clearing their throat
to prepare you to hear
their well contrived
to command attention
to command respect
they are empty vessels

when there is no one
left to adore them
they step over the
people they ravaged

for their own purposes;
as one would avoid stepping on the cracks
….in a sidewalk


© Brenda-Lee Ranta

Heart Sounds

Excerpt from the book Heart Sounds

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About the Author

Canadian born, Brenda-Lee Ranta resides in her home-town of Timmins, Ontario. She has been a poet, writing for 54 years; her first poem crafted at the age of seven. Brenda-Lee shares her love of words with her soul-mate, Hugh Dysart, who is also a poet-lyricist-musician.

On the cusp of her retirement, she will be found writing, painting, singing or creating something from the stirrings of her heart.  She claims this is who she ‘wanted to be when she grew up.’

Visit Brenda-Lee’s Author Page At: www.ctupublishinggroup.com/brenda-lee-ranta-.html

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