Unstrung by Brenda-Lee Ranta

Perilous pearls
rest upon my collarbones
strangling me, exposed,
a pearl for each torment,
a pearl for each moment
that my faith escaped me;
falling to the floor, rolling
into corners, spilling across
hard wood floors, finding the
places to hide in my darkness

Perilous pearls,
milky against my skin, opalescent,
unassuming; virginal innocence,
toying memories,
my silly naiveté,
unprotected values
sold out to the savvy
these innocuous little beads
my perilous pearls
ripped from a throat

now naked and bare

© Brenda-Lee Ranta

Excerpt from the book Heart Sounds

Heart Sounds by Brenda-Lee Ranta

Awareness speaks within me, slowly, in each new day. I was not cognizant of it in real time; but in retrospect, I am astounded by the various ways in which I have grown and evolved as a human being. Conversely, I am also aware of where I have fallen from the ideals I held for myself.‘Heart Sounds’ are daily murmurs my heart has spoken to me through my daily writing. The result is a chronology of my emotions, my epiphanies and transitions; written from this woman’s heart. I am a work in progress, as we all are.


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