Aberration by Brenda-Lee Ranta


She told me she had

seen him in a parking lot,

huddled on the ground;

filthy, scabs on his skin.

He had soiled himself,

the stench unmistakable

as she walked passed him

into the coffee shop.


It  repulsed her, this curiosity,

yet her heart held compassion.

She stood in line waiting

for her coffee, wondering

to herself, pondering the

misfortunes of this man,

of what had led him to be

a nameless aberration


Coffee in hand, balancing

her purse while fumbling in

pockets for her car keys,

carefully navigating her way

to her vehicle, passing him

by with a cursory glance.

Shaking in her car, in horror,

her minutes became hours.


She recognized the man.

He was her son.


© 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.

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

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2 replies

  1. May the fire in you spread to all corners of the globe.



  1. Aberration by Brenda-Lee Ranta — Creative Talents Unleashed (an excerpt from my second poetry book) | The Lyrical Journal

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