Beyond the Slats – Author Brenda-Lee Ranta


He kicked a pop can for two blocks

stopping always at the same fence

his nose between the wooden slats

dusk had settled, he could see them


Through the window, a dinner table

animated faces, hands gesturing

followed by gales of laughing faces

Father ruffling his son’s curly hair


He stuffed cold hands in his pockets

feeling his house key to emptiness

Pangs of envy, pangs of jealousy

filling his chest, keeping him there


He watched the mother fill glasses,

plates of desserts set before them

A kiss placed on the girls head,

shoulder squeezes, visions of love


Seeing his breath, he headed home

to drunkenness and canned soup

No kisses, no hugs, no affirmations;

till the next time he returned to peer


beyond the slats


© 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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  1. Reblogged this on The Lyrical Journal and commented:
    An excerpt from my book..please leave your impressions or comments.


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