Love in a Strobe Light – Author Brenda-Lee Ranta


a call came in, barking 10 Codes, the

implications clear, back-up required,

lights and sirens; love in a strobe light

he knew them well, monthly trysts of

lacerations, hematomas, bloody fist

kisses; blackened eyes closed shut


still they’ll stay, still neighbours save

them from themselves, screaming,

crying, punching with blood lust

straddled over her, foamy curses

bellowed into her face, waving her

clumps of hair; his prize, his trophy


again they pull him off of her, one

more time; his partner waits for others

to arrive to stitch her back together

she leaves by sirens that save her

life; he leaves in handcuffs, giving

his well rehearsed diatribe of remorse


time apart will soften her, ‘he wouldn’t be

so jealous if he didn’t love me;’ time apart

fuels his wrath – ‘saves it up for next time’

they write in their notebooks, the same

synopsis as last month – different date,

wondering how she manages to survive


when love is in a strobe light

when love’s cry is a siren


© Brenda-Lee Ranta


Excerpt from the book Allegories

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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 second book..


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