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  Don’t Mourn the US Post Office’s Demise
by Patrick A Granfors
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.

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I used to have huge respect for the institution and its employees. Then the mail started showing up about 5:30 pm instead of noon. Then I started getting my neighbor’s mail, and them mine. Nothing important, just stuff like mortgage bills. And then this…..

·         May 1….our community mailbox (for 7 homes) is knocked over

·         May 2…Mail service ceases

·         May 7…The post office advises us that mail service has ceased till box is fixed

·         May 9..Begin picking up our mail at the post office, no news on repair of box

·         May 10…Post Office thinks we own the box and won’t fix it

·         May 14…Scrounge around my files and find 20 year old documentation proving the box belongs to post office

·         May 15….The post office is presented with the documentation which they acknowledge

·         May 16…A repair work order is issued by post office

·         May 17…After constant bitching by the 7 residents, post office resumes delivery to individual homes dropping it on the porch in an open cardboard box. Accurate mail sorting remains an issue.

·         June 6…Today, 37 days later, no mailbox and no idea when it will be back.

·         I now actually hate the post office and am in the process of converting to on-line bill paying. See ya Mr. Postman.


Neither rain nor sleet nor snow

My Ass

Please forgive me if I sound crass


The simple act of delivering mail

That I once joked at being snail


With safe arrival a reasonable bet

Instead we now play postal roulette


It’s just my mortgage what the hell

And my neighbor’s electric bill gee that’s swell


When he misplaced my insurance, I was stunned

But it worked out fine I had his tax refund


Maybe sometime before the post office dissolves

Into the email world that very quickly revolves


I can go to the mailbox and pick up my mail

I’m not holding my breath, I expect them to fail






Copyright © 2012 Patrick Granfors



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Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 6/14/2012
wow sorry to hear this Patrick
here in my area our postmaster has closed down some drop boxes
since people are not using them, and too with all the cyber mail
eventually post offices may become a thing of the past like pay phones and drive in theaters and shoe repair shops and used book stores :( sigh...
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 6/11/2012
sadly so much of this is true-they are considering closing our little PO which actually does a good job!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/9/2012
You make some very valid points, Patrick. It is the same thing here. The price of postage stamps keeps going up on a very regular basis as the service deteriorates. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Paul Berube 6/8/2012
And time moves on. Well done, Patrick.
Reviewed by John Domino 6/7/2012
Good write on the Post Office. Give it ALL to private enterprise. I am reading stories about the early thirties when people chipped in and bought fire trucks and all took turns manning the fort. Now the Fire Departments are run like auto unions. Expectant whiners and nanny state children are what we are raising as a nation. Thank God we have a few exceptions but they are getting fewer and harder to find. God help the USA!
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 6/7/2012
Such a sad state of affairs!!! *Patrick*
So I really enjoyed this clever poem!!!!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 6/7/2012
I mourn the occasional letter with the handwritten word. I mourn the day the mail came and contained no coupons or ads or other junk and all.

My brother will mourn because his wife is a post mistress.

But snail mail has become too slow, too expensive, and too unreliable for the likes of us instant gratification multitasking junkies.

Reviewed by jude forese 6/7/2012
perhaps your mailman has lost his zip ...
Reviewed by Richard King 6/7/2012
I'd be LMAO if this weren't so damn true. Never-the-less, you've carved out another masterpiece here, Mr. Granfors. Fun stuff to read, but not much fun to live. Dick
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 6/7/2012
Same thing here....I pay all my bills online...have been for's way less frustrating than depending on the postal service....good luck with your mail box, Patrick...

Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 6/6/2012
Back in 1990, the Government seized the Mustang Ranch brothel in Nevada for tax evasion and, as required by law, tried to run it. They failed and it closed.
Now we are trusting the economy of our country, the banking system, General Motors and nationalized health care to the same nit-wits who couldn't make money running a whore house and selling whiskey!"

And we can add, "The U.S.Postal Service"


Reviewed by Ed Matlack 6/6/2012
I have always picked up my mail at a post office box . the post office itself...and I pay ALL my bills on the computer or by phone...e
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 6/6/2012

A bad business model, Wells Fargo might want to ......
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 6/6/2012
Agree one hundred percent. I have seen the mail delivered here at nearly seven o'clock in the afternoon. Unions. Unions. Unions!
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