The Man with the Gun

The Man with the Gun

A Bildungsroman of Poetry



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She surrendered, changed forever.
Emptied of doubt, long-released shout.
What comes now she doesn’t know.
This one’s for you.
It’s time to go.

Fueled by a desire to finally bid farewell to her past, Rocannalea transports others on a raw journey into her heart and personal experiences filled with love, passion, loss, and heartbreak.

Divided into six parts, Rocannalea’s poetic memoir offers reflections that explore her most transformative romantic relationships with others and ultimately herself as she surrenders to all she was, is, and will be.

The Man with the Gun shares poems of love, loss, and reunion that highlight the personal experiences of a young woman as she navigates through powerful emotions, takes a candid look at her relationships, and surrenders to her past.



Rocannalea is the pen name for a young drifter without a permanent address. With her two cats in tow, she travels North America in her camper with no real intention other than to write, explore, and spread random acts of kindness. This is her first book.