Author Brenda-Lee Ranta:Oblivious


She is weary

marking her days by games of solitaire

the wind up clock ticking in the background

“The Price is Right” and “Days of our Lives”

waiting for a phone that never rings


She is weary

life has outlived her, her husband, her children

she counts her months by pension checks

and visits that no longer come

so she talks to their photographs


He feels confused

nowhere to sleep in forty below, perhaps a doorway

or enough change to pay for coffee till dawn

till they make him move on

finding scraps of food in dumpsters


He feels confused

he has lost count of the days since he felt lucid

another drink, another hit, another night of picking butts

out of smoldering ashtrays

He has family he no longer remembers


She is crying

he screamed at her all night long, so she sits in a car

by the lake, nothing but sorrow and the radio

she feels shame that nobody knows

and the sun is setting on her dreams


She is crying

as she picks the scabs off of last week’s wounds

and dabs them with tissue and she is replete with resignation

she starts the engine and drives back

to nowhere because she is nobody anymore


He is screaming

at the sky in the middle of an empty parking lot

He is a liar, pretending he is like all the other guys

Fists bunched up… he is banging his own face

“I am gay” he announces to the audience of none

He is screaming


in his anguish the racking sobs filling his chest

he lays on the asphalt and tucks his knees to his chest

the cold ground feels cool against his skin

where he leaves his secret in the parking lot


We are oblivious

We are the oblivious

© 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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  1. Reblogged this on The Lyrical Quill and commented:
    an excerpt from my book, Myriad of Perceptions


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