Joe Rosochacki


"Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall keep the postmen from their appointed rounds." But the lack of money may.


The United States Postal Service is running out of money to operate.
My dad was a postal clerk in Hamtramck, Michigan, zone 12,
Before the use of zip codes, yes I am that old,
Zip codes were enacted by the time I was eight.
One of the Postal branches in New York City has; neither snow…..,
Though, - the US Postal officially has no motto.
My dad went on a strike back when the US Postal System was run by the government,
It was called a wild cat strike,
He feared for his job but the union "wanted" him to strike for better pay,
I believe he was making $8.25 an hour,
while the auto workers were making $11.50 per hour or so,
But he had to compete as far as cost of living,
Then the US Postal Service became an independent an entity from government, sort of,
Then the parcel companies came in the; UPS, FedEx, DHL, (which folded in the US)
And later on the internet, emails were the final straw that broke the US Postal back,
Like dominoes, the printing of newspapers have succumbed to the eventuality,
That we are not in the 1950's anymore,
On line purchasing versus brick and mortar,
News on line that you can reach via your cell phone,
No need for postage stamps when send email,
Going Postal has nothing to do with it.
But like other corporations The US Postal Service will be bailed out,
Upon the trillions of dollars we have printed so far,
What's a billion or so, nothing new;
Except, the lingering IOU;
letter passed on to later generations,
"Postage Due."

(3-26-09)

Submitted: Sunday, May 03, 2009
Edited: Monday, September 29, 2014

Topic of this poem: government


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  • Rookie Kelly Lowry (8/1/2013 6:16:00 PM)

    That was very eloquently and beautifully written. I strangely send more postal mail now then ever before, because you can't save a e-card, you can't show or display a e card, its all to impersonal. Thankfully packages must be delivered and the USPS is far cheaper than UPS, DHL or Fed Ex and you can send things with a guarantee just like those others. I might purchase things online, but for the package to get to me once again its the USPS to the rescue, and when there is flood warnings or any weather issues I get a call from UPS DHL and FED EX telling me there will be a delay in delivering my package but the USPS always delivers. I personally think the USPS is the best choice for packages. I believe people should send Real cards and in certain cases Real letters, when I was serving in the military the letter, pictures and drawing from my daughter were so very important, so precious. When I felt sad, confused and lost, I would look at her face, read her letters and I felt strong again, the same was true about my fiancee's letters, when I felt alone, and lost his letters gave me strength to continue something an E-mail could never do. The written word is something I feel can never be replaced, the pen is mightier than the sword not the e-mail. I think technology is wonderful, but I also think we need to use it in moderation and return to a more personal way of correspondence, it shows you care and took the time to really think about that person plus you can't lose a card it doesn't crash or get a virus or Trojans or malware it is forever :) (Report) Reply

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