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Spring Cleaning
Anita S. Pulier


Trinkets, frames, old rings, pins,
jars, tins, souvenirs, unwrapped bargains,
stuffed drawers and closets,

postcards with curling stamps,
receipts sporting coffee stains,
clothes sprouting small holes,

things appear—
things appear—
commit clutter

punctuate the day-to-day,
parse run-on sentences,
add heft to the past.

Predictably, Spring
closes her books,
trees shed riotous blooms,

While I, overwhelmed by stuff,
abandon meticulous plans to sort
and donate, scurry out the door,

elevator to ground level,
stroll through the scent of flying blossoms,
brilliantly overpowering seasonal guilt.

© 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





Post New Comment:
I certainly go along with this poem. It makes me a bit guilty with all the items, paperwork etc. etc. that I have accumulated and I see exactly just why Anita wishes to run out into the spring.
Posted 03/30/2019 09:37 PM
Fun and love the rhythm. Thanks for the de-motivation and shared lessening of guilt. :)
Posted 03/30/2019 02:00 PM
"commit clutter" says it all for me!
Posted 03/30/2019 01:05 PM
Your well written poem punctuates my to-do list. Not today, though; maybe the next rainy day...
Posted 03/30/2019 10:44 AM
Jean Colonomos-1:
A fun reminder to me to declutter today. Unless...
Posted 03/30/2019 09:53 AM
This is well-written and very descriptive. Just the thought of my closets . . . . Ewww! Jancan
Posted 03/30/2019 09:10 AM
I have noticed some crowded drawers.
Posted 03/30/2019 08:44 AM

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