Without a trace


Photo courtesy Bidgee, Wikimedia Commons

The sturdy bright red postbox

on the corner of the street

Come rain or shine or thunder

so welcoming and neat,

Disappeared one week day.

We never heard it go!

Tore up its concrete roots and went,

with nothing left to show.

For years it stood accepting

epistles by the score,

envelopes and parcels

from people rich and poor.

It stood through years of changes

as neighbours came and went,

keeping safe their payments,

and letters that they sent.

It stood its ground though changes

as postal charges soared,

as stamps became a luxury

we little could afford.
Endured the indignation

as email traffic rose,

put up with competition

and Facebook I suppose.

I went to post a letter

in my usual way

and found our much loved postbox

had simply gone away.

A mystery surrounds it,

We don’t know where it went,

nor why it chose to leave us

or what its leaving meant.

We’ll miss our local postbox

Maybe more than most.

It’s such an inconvenience.

Not happy Aussie Post!

©Ellen Carr 2014

(A true story. The postbox that we always use just disappeared. Now Australia Post is cutting back on staff, and services, but taking away our postbox….that’s about the limit. Or is there a more mysterious reason for its disappearance?!)


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Merryn on 02/08/2014 at 11:46 am

    Loved it! 🙂 Sorry to hear you lost your postbox – I would find that a bit disconcerting (and annoying!) too.


  2. Thanks, Merryn. Yes, it was our closest one, even though we had to cross a busy road to use it. We couldn’t believe it had gone. I also ‘use’ it to point our where to turn into our street…’the one after the postbox’. Change! Can’t handle it!


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