I Don’t Live There Anymore – Author Brenda-Lee Ranta


There is a perception that life is measured

with scales and yardsticks

I have freed my being from the invisible

constraints and the bidding of others

Life is an evolution

and must change with seasons


Don’t reference who I was in the past

I don’t live there anymore

If you speak your truth to me, do it in kindness

do not vex my soul

Love me for love’s sake

My love no longer has a price


If we break bread, do not serve me bitter wine

but rather fresh spring water

Let every day be new

the past is gone with the setting of each sun

Do not ask me to dance on the stage of public opinion

my conscience is my truth


If you must remember me

remember the tender way in which I touched your face

or listened silently without judgement

remember fishing in the rain

the misty drive on the winding roads

laughter and knowing looks


My reality is new and beautiful

the warmth of my lover’s hand in mine

my heart bursting when I see my children smile

the velveteen feel of my grandchild’s skin

against my cheek

friendships that etched their mark forever


I have not left you behind

you just believe it to be so

I travel forward in peace

Wish me well, for I have lived my entire life

for this place in time


It has been a long, hard road, but I don’t live there anymore

all I have to offer is simplicity

all I have to offer is love.


© 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.

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

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