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Anita S. Pulier


Attached to an evolutionary
variety of chains
each sporting a souvenir medallion,
miniature flashlight or good luck charm
jingling in every pocket and purse.

Houses, apartments, bike locks,
offices, safety deposit boxes, cars,
aging parents' homes, grown
children's homes, office ladies' room,
gym lockers, mailboxes, diaries, lockets,
suitcases, jewelry boxes,

one by one detached and discarded
as they are rendered
useless by time,
or is it tide?
One by one
until only a few
hardy survivors remain.

Like a good sauce
boiled down to its essence,
smaller richer, more complex,
so long in the preparation
so quickly gobbled up.

From Sounds of Morning (Finishing Line Press 2021).
Used here with permission.



Anita S. Pulier, after retiring from her law practice in Brooklyn, happily traded-in legal writing for poetry. She’s the author of three chapbooks and two full-length collections from Finishing Line Press. Anita’s poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals and in the anthologies Grabbing the Apple, the poetry edition of Legal Studies Forum, and Aunt Poems by The Emma Press. Anita and her husband split their time between the Upper West Side of New York, and Los Angeles. Learn more about her at



Post New Comment:
At one point in my life, I had 1.3 *pounds* of keys to carry for all the places I needed to access. I'm quite happy to have only nine keys now!
Posted 01/06/2022 12:51 AM
Lori Levy:
Great ending.
Posted 01/03/2022 11:45 AM
Keys: portrait of a life! Unique approach and quite well done, Anita.
Posted 01/03/2022 09:12 AM
I must look through my key collection.
Posted 01/03/2022 09:04 AM
Love the comparison to the boiled-down sauce!
Posted 01/03/2022 06:47 AM

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