Daily Mail

every week

six days a week

here he comes

small white van

down the side road

stop after stop

u-turn and back

to our box


I can’t imagine

the tedium

the boredom


house 111

box 125

house 113

box 127

box 129


but he has bills

probably a car

monthly payments

insurance to pay

kids at home

a wife off to her job


after he’s done

winding through

the neighborhood

maybe he’ll have the time

to go home and

relax with a beer


in the meantime,

I hope he doesn’t

leave the wrong mail


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About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on October 13, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 33 Comments.

  1. All too easily…and too often…taken for granted! Another essential service. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Bushka! πŸ™‚ Absolutely! He’s like clockwork and I do appreciate the fact that if I’m out walking the dog I know when then little white van will pull up to the mailbox.

  2. How true. Great little poem too! I know I would lose interest soon delivering the mail and pretty soon I’d start messing up and get canned. Good thing somebody doesn’t.

  3. I couldn’t imagine either. I’m reading the book Loser aloud to my 4th grade students. Interesting connection/perspective as the father is a mailman and his son wants to be one.

  4. Yep, I hate when I get someone else’s mail.

  5. πŸ™‚ An essential service indeed. I have a grumpy postman and a cheerful one who get out together from the van parked in the pub in front of our house. The cheerful one always meets me and my dog ad says hello and a pat on the head of my dog, the grumpy one is just grumpy, poor thing. I do try and keep the doors to the entrance closed so my dog doesn’t bark at him!

    • Thanks, Billy! πŸ™‚ I wonder how many years the grumpy postman has been on the job. πŸ˜‰ But it’s great that at least one of them is nice and friendly. That adds a little something to the day.

  6. Retired from the Post Office 2 1/2 years ago. Never thought the job was boring. Something new happens out on the route every day. Made a lot of friends there (a few enemies as well) but never had a dull moment. The filth inside the office was something else altogether. The most vulgar and profanity infused environment I ever had to deal with. That’s the reason I retired.

    • Thank you! πŸ™‚ I can imagine all you mention – the lack of boredom, no dull moments and the working environment. Congratulations on the retirement. All the best! πŸ™‚

  7. Yes, an essential part of modern life – but I could totally imagine doing this. Some attention to detail (driving, watching what to put where), but a lot of relaxing routine (same route), people to meet sometimes, quite sometimes, not unaccomplishable deadlines or unfixable issues. Quite a “zen” job, I think.

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  9. No! That’s not sunshine it One Lovely Blog Award… Sorry.. hahha!

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  11. I’ve been in many wars with my postman. I understand. lol πŸ™‚

  12. I appreciated my mail lady most when she was on vacation and was temporarily replaced by a young mailman who couldn’t seem to deliver the mail to the right address.

    • Thank you, Gail! πŸ™‚ The replacement or stand-in mail delivery person can make us appreciate our regular delivery person, no doubt. When we get the wrong mail or it shows up and odd times…it can throw off the whole day. You’re right. It’s great to meet you!

  13. Yeah, I pray he doesn’t leave a wrong mail

  14. I couldn’t help responding to this; the wretched postman we have always delivers to the wrong door!
    (You have to excuse my rant) ha ha ha . . . . .(lol)

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