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Mother’s Day Memo
Anita S. Pulier


Remembering Ida


Breathe in her scent.
Thumb through food-stained cookbooks,

touch her buttery fingerprints.


Remove little notes

on more garlic or less wine,

place them in your jewelry box,

safeguard her secrets

it's time to unravel

Mom's clues.

Bow your head to

unique holiday offers

of sensory overload.

Recall family dinners crowded

around an orange banquette

curving around a Formica table,

kitchen walls

strewn with flowered wallpaper

insisting on cheer.

Allow a moment to grieve

the loss of unconditional love.

Pour a nice cup of tea,

open the Times online,

place the cursor

on the world you live in now.


© by Anita S. Pulier.
Used with the author's permission.



Anita S. Pulier is a retired attorney who, many years ago, traded legal writing for poetry. She and her husband, Myron, pursue a bi-coastal life between New York City and Los Angeles, where they are daily hikers in the NYC parks and the Santa Monica mountains. Anita has been very involved in the Southern California poetry community and, recently, even Myron (a retired psychiatrist) has taken up poetry! Anita’s poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals and her work is included in nine print anthologies. The author of multiple collections, her most recent is Paradise Reexamined. Learn more about Anita at





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Touching remembrance of Mom, good cook, keeper of memories.
Posted 05/13/2017 08:41 PM
Lori Levy:
Especially like the second stanza on the little notes "on more garlic and less wine."
Posted 05/13/2017 06:36 PM
What a nice poetic tribute! Another idea for the jewelry box. Loving the floral walls, the love, and the surprising shift done with the help of the cursor. Great poem!
Posted 05/13/2017 11:55 AM
Makes me want to look for clues in the old cookbooks.
Posted 05/13/2017 08:44 AM

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