Blurred Visions by Brenda-Lee Ranta

She stands before the bathroom mirror,

pushes up her sleeves to see the fingerprints still there


he has left grape coloured marks as though coloured with crayons


She looks at her image;

she really is ugly, he told her she was

she can see it now, the face that has broadened with time


He told her she was stupid; she has to believe it

Lately she can barely keep a single thought in her head

her mind swims, panic sets in, confusion

She forgot how to dream

dreams are for fools; he laughed at every idea she had

she really does see that she is so frivolous

She is the bad mother
She couldn’t make her children feel better

they look at her as though she is a fool and she knows it to be so

She marks her years as a well-deserved punishment
you chose this, some may say

but she doesn’t remember choosing it, but wonders “did I?”

She has forgotten that once, she was young and ardent
that she said things worth hearing

but that was someone else; she can’t even recall her name.

She switches off the bathroom light

she sinks to the floor

and only the darkness can hear her


© 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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