Receiving the Mail

Mail Box


This quotidian happening

For all its familiarity

Serves as a ceremony

For all those of us who lack

Ceremony in our lives

Who does not look for the coming

Of the post?

The watching, the checking,

Hoping that today will be the day

When something special lies within

The plastic or aluminum regulation

Postal box: a huge unexpected check,

Or an actual handwritten letter from a friend

Almost forgotten or a package

Earnestly hoped for.

So much drama attends this ordinary event

And even when the day’s take consists

Of bills, unwanted ads and bulk mail

Hope burns bright

That tomorrow will be the day when it

All comes in, when dreams are fulfilled

And the Promised Land is another step closer.



Dan Verner

April 1, 2016


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