The Madonna – Author Brenda-Lee Ranta


It was not her intent to be

a cliché; the single mom

living hand to mouth

guilt niggling at her

that she is not enough

for her child, insufficient;

even if he looks at her like

the Madonna reincarnated


Now she is in college

New guilt takes residence;

her heart aches when sticky

fingers hold onto her hair,

leaving him with strangers

Surrogate daycare mothers;

riding the bus to school,

tears flood her eyes


Hush Little Baby

don’t say a word


Picking up her baby,

hasty dinners, quick baths,

hours of homework and

sleeping on keyboards

Panic sets in that she could

fail at this, that she could

fail him or already has;

she doesn’t see her sacrifice

Alarm clocks ring in a new

day; starting over again


Taking her beautiful baby

boy by the hand, the morning

walk to strangers and bus stops,

book bags and lunches, goodbye

kisses, mother’s love in her heart


Mama’s gonna buy you

a mocking bird


Mama’s gonna give you



© Brenda-Lee Ranta


Excerpt from the book “Myriad of Perceptions”

$13.95 Plus Shipping ~ Available at CTU Publishing Group and

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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