Jargon by Brenda-Lee Ranta

They said he had

‘multiple exceptionalities

with  auditory processing

and word finding issues,

some right hemiplegia,

mild Cerebral Palsy’

he was described by a

series of apt medical

adjectives and frightening

terms that publicly defined

him throughout his life


High school years were spent

hiding in the bathroom stalls

to eat his lunch, avoiding

the ridicule in the cafeteria,

where he had lost his $50

ball cap to an ignorant bastard;

was jumped, the lens of his

glasses embedded in his face,

his enemies were the adjectives

that defined him; labels that

made him appear, lesser than


Never complaining, his pride

would not let him worry his

mother, his pain was shoved in

his locker with his gym clothes,

before returning home; except

for the day with the glasses;

had to explain them, see the

pain in his mother’s face, her

incomprehension at how this

could come to be, that people

could be so mean spirited


She told him that he was

‘exceedingly good, kind and

forgiving, that he deserved so

much more from the human

race, he was safe here with his

feelings, he deserved validation,

exceptional as a person, with

gifts, with worth, of great value,

that he was braver, stronger than

any of them; that the person who

stood before her was the real man


that he was never the one who

should have been labelled as



© 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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