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She Says
Anita S. Pulier


He says and she says and then I says

the girl holds her phone aloft

ear plugs dangle from each side of her frazzled head

a tiny microphone suspended in mid air

and then I says and she says and can you believe what he says

undaunted by honking horns and screaming sirens

and then he says and then she says and can you guess what I says

embracing the great tradition of oral storytelling

this gum-cracking adolescent avoids the pitfall of past or future tenses

and with the wisdom of Buddha stays rooted in the present moment

assuming that it will last long enough to get her wherever she is going

© by Anita S. Pulier.
Used with the authorís permission.

Anita S. Pulier, after many years of practicing law in New York and New Jersey, served as a U. S. representative for the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom at the United Nations. Her chapbooks, Perfect Diet and The Lovely Mundane, were published by Finishing Line Press in 2011 and 2013, respectively, and her poems have appeared in numerous online and print journals. Anita†and her husband divide their time between New York and Los Angeles. Learn more about her at

Post New Comment:
Ross Kightly:
And I says: 'In the moment. Only place to be.' Perfect day for a lovely mundane poem. Many thanks.
Posted 05/28/2016 08:57 PM
Jane Eva Cooper:
A delight! Thank you and Happy Birthday.
Posted 05/28/2016 04:20 PM
I had a good chuckle!
Posted 05/28/2016 01:06 PM
I must show this poem to my grand daughter! I enjoyed it. Janice
Posted 05/28/2016 01:06 PM
Jean Colonomos-1:
Jean Colonomos: I had such a good laugh with the Buddha. Thank you and snappy Happy Birthday.
Posted 05/28/2016 11:08 AM
Happy Birthday, Anita. My favorite line " avoids the pitfall of past or future tenses."
Posted 05/28/2016 09:15 AM
Italics are wonderful!
Posted 05/28/2016 09:09 AM
WOW! You nailed IT perfectly. A snapshot of my two teen granddaughters. Much glee. Thank U Anita alongside~Happy Birthday!
Posted 05/28/2016 08:51 AM
This is so fun. I love the phrase "avoids the pitfall of past or future tenses."
Posted 05/28/2016 08:49 AM
Janet Leahy:
Well of course she "avoids the pitfall of past or future tenses" what a great line! Happy birthday Anita and thanks for this fun piece.
Posted 05/28/2016 08:48 AM

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