The Cage by Brenda-Lee Ranta

Once again, the slab of concrete,

has become his bed

Has repeated this so often,

there are no tears left to shed

He checks for his feelings

but inside he just feels dead

He lives in the prison of his own demise

There will be no second chances

no one left to call

There are no bridges left

he has slowly burned them all

There is no one who believes him,

as they slowly watched him fall

He lives in the prison of his own demise

They took another photo

he looks older than the last

The looks they gave were cynical

They know too well his past

No longer makes excuses

Again the die is cast

He lives in the prison of his own demise

Has hours to kill till daybreak

a chance to reminisce

What day did he stop caring

if his life was that or ‘this’?

More time spent on the inside

His freedom, long dismissed

He lives in the prison of his own demise

Fingers roll on blotter

his hands now full of ink

They speak to him with candour

His eyes now barely blink

They ask him for his statement

but he chooses not to think

He lives in the prison of his own demise

They’ve put the handcuffs on him

and shackles bind his feet

No point in lame defences

He follows, in defeat

Trades away his life of freedom

His future now replete

He lives in the prison of his own demise

© Brenda-Lee Ranta

Excerpt from the book “Myriad of Perceptions”

Myriad of Perceptions by Brenda-Lee Ranta

Open yourself up to imaginative and thoughtful prose, lyrically soothing like an endless lullaby that embraces and caresses throughout the solitary days and nights. Inhale and exhale a poetry collection brimming with vivid stories, a reflection of stunning imagery.There is something incredibly raw and emotive within these pages, that strips bare the human soul. These verse provide sustenance for the lonely, splash color on a black and white canvas, and articulate beauty found in the ordinary.


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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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