Newspapers stacked beside piled up mail,
cigarette butts in a bottle of ale
Sun filtered in through the hole in the drapes
The dinner he made is now dried on the plate
His faded old jeans, torn and ripped at the
there’s a stain on his shirt that reads “Lake Louise”
With his chiselled out face and a paraffin smile
He said “don’t mind the mess – haven’t cleaned in a while”
He muttered some words I could not understand,
about dreams and ambition, about needing a plan
When I asked how he’s been,
he just stared at the floor
I gave him one pleading look
as I walked out the door..
© Brenda-Lee Ranta
Excerpt from the book “Myriad of Perceptions”
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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.