Daddy – Author Brenda-Lee Ranta



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The package arrived,

a photo of you inside;

creased, wrinkled,

but new to my eyes,

I examined every

feature of your perfect,

handsome face, looking

for traces of myself


How I wish I could

recall the sound of

your voice, your

laugh; I wish I could

recall the way you

walked or gestured

with your hands, I

bless what I do recall


Far too handsome to

be common, I look at

your image in awe,

longing to have had

you but a little longer.

I have spent my life

speaking to you  in my

head, looking up at my

bedroom ceiling at night


Would you like me, the

tenor of my voice, the

poetry I write, the way

I raised my children?


Would you be proud

of how hard I worked;

forgive my poor choices,

loved me in spite of them?


Would you have agreed

with my opinions on

politics, God, spirituality?

I hope I made you proud,

even when I floundered,

even when I failed,

even when I hated myself,

even when I loved myself?


So many questions, when

I gaze into your eyes, your

paper eyes; that once really

saw me, touched me, held

my hand when I took my

first steps, playing peek a

boo on Saturday mornings,

the same eyes that loved


my mother..


and I miss you

all the pieces I can’t

remember, I miss those

                                       all the more. 


© Brenda-Lee Ranta


Excerpt from the book “Allegories”

brenda-lee About the Author

Brenda-Lee Ranta resides in Timmins, Ontario, Canada. She shares her journey with her life partner who is a drummer, lyricist and emerging poet. She is the mother of three children, two step-children and three grand-children. She prefers to be less ambiguous in her writing and more direct, while maintaining a lyrical flow in her verse. She holds strong political views, believing in equanimity for all humankind. These views also find their way into her choice of subject matter when writing. She is very sensitive to the emotions and plight of those around her. A writer for over 51 years of her life, she was first included as a contributor to an Anthology, titled, Imperfect Paths,” published by Creative Talents Unleashed Publishing Group. She had a lifelong dream full-filled when her first book Myriad of Perceptions was published by CTU Publishing Group in November of 2016.  It attained a five star rating from ‘Readers Favorite,’ which was quite humbling, being her first book. Allegories – A Thirst for Connection is her second book of prose and poetry.  She is very honoured to share these new writings with her readers.

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2 replies

  1. Reblogged this on The Lyrical Quill and commented:
    From my book ❤


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