Author Brenda-Lee Ranta: Persona


Wisdom arrived early

She had long since realized

that happiness could not be found

in the bigger house; nor could

it be found in the expensive

clothes, although fine, inwardly

changed not a thing about her.


She didn’t seek out notoriety,

had no longing to be powerful;

loathing titles that were just

inaccurate labels, losing faith

in mere words, believing only

in deeds; promises becoming

nothing more than white noise.


She put on her suit, brushed

out her hair, spraying her

finest perfume about her,

becoming the “Persona.”

Her mind on a small house,

by the water; she and her

lover in the sighing sunsets.


She was writing prose, her

mind danced with stories,

the sound of her lover’s drum

playing out beatnik dreams

running through tall grasses

skipping stones on the water,

when freedom beckoned them

Driving home, traffic slowing

her return to truth, her love,

serenity and sweet solace

She stood before the mirror,

wringing out her washcloth

with relief, as the “Persona”

vanished down the drain.


© Brenda-Lee Ranta


Excerpt from the book “Myriad of Perceptions”

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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