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Anita S. Pulier


We roll out of retirement beds,
rifle through closets,
past suits and silk blouses,
ties and button-down shirts,
suits sporting little hanger creases
and dust ridges, stored relics for
holidays, occasions, whatever comes along.

We grab at blue jeans or chinosí soft worn
forgiving waists, washed and rewashed,
comforting and familiar, perfect for
reading, writing poems, walking in the park,
committee work, tending grandkids, visiting friends.

We have no desire to shop,
to achieve those illusive goals of being
well dressed, put together, confident,
which, surprisingly, is how we feel
every day now, really, every day.

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


Anita S. Pulier, after retiring from her law practice in Brooklyn, happily traded-in legal writing for poetry. She’s the author of multiple collections, the most recent being Paradise Reexamined, forthcoming from Kelsay Books next year. 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:
Lori Levy:
Posted 10/04/2022 01:40 PM
Just read this after stepping out of the shower and doing just that - rifling past the old office clothes to find my jeans and favorite old comfy blouse. I am truly well-dressed, put together, and confident. LOVE THIS!!!
Posted 10/04/2022 01:27 PM
Wilda Morris:
So true! and well-written.
Posted 10/04/2022 12:25 PM
Leslie Hodge:
So true! Wonderful descriptions!
Posted 10/04/2022 11:23 AM
What a wonderful poem!!! This is it...the happiest time of my life!!!
Posted 10/04/2022 09:26 AM
The white threads are dominant in my Levi's and my tee-shirt has memories.
Posted 10/04/2022 09:25 AM
Every day, indeed.
Posted 10/04/2022 08:50 AM
Your describing my go to comfort clothing. Relaxed- fitting my new older life style.
Posted 10/04/2022 08:47 AM

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