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Zen Postale
by Peter J. Kautsky
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shatters the virtual suburb

into shards of broken china.

The mailbox shakes

amid the roses,

slammed shut.

Is this a hint

I should write my mother

and lick a stamp?

Gravel crunches with

the retreating footsteps

of the mute mailman

who knows everything,

who expressed himself

with an act of violence,

the trek of an apostle,

in summer kit --

shorts and Safari hat,

U.S. Post Office issue,

marching through time

to the neighbor's house

where a conversation died

about a year ago.

He clutches grocery ads

and mass advertising,

his death mask of a face

shouts a martyrdom.

What snail mail came today?

Which credit card offer?

What thin hospital newsletter,

what pizza discount,

what auto dealership

racket lurks behind

sealing wax with a key

to a free car?

What horror has arrived

from the county tax office

in the block print

of official terrorism?

How high is my power bill?

What notice from the IRS?

The new Zen Postale.

Gone are the days of

curly handwriting on

square violet envelopes

with the promise of

scented curly words within.

I come out wrapped

in a cocoon of silence

to open the mailbox

with youthful anticipation

of a square violet envelope.

The slow pull of the lid

spills the darkness of a cave.

There is one falsely official

white envelope calling


TO a prepaid funeral plan.

The mailman walks

into dimness,

the rhythmic swinging

of his right arm,

the swagger of the lean body,

his long tanned legs

mimicking the gait of

a gazelle finding water.

Zen postale.

He will not fade into

the mists of time.

He will not go the way

of scented correspondence

and the taste of a postage stamp.

Somehow he will always

be reinvented to walk,

to know, to slam

the mailbox in the silence,

oozing with the sounds

of hope.


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Reviewed by jude forese
"of the mute mailman
who knows everything,
who expressed himself
with an act of violence"

most mailmen i know can shut up ... many know little what's beyond their zip code of being, just like many poets i know ... statistically, mailmen are the least aggressive in the workplace, so going postal is a misnomer ... anyway, like your poem, at least it hasn't lost its zip ...
Reviewed by Paul Judges
Well done, Peter !
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
For your first poem posted, this is a tour de force! You've hit on a subject I love so dear–junk mail. The imagery is fantastic.

However, I must warn you, that one of our premier members who has a following as great as AD itself, is one of those. And you certainly won't want him to go postal. ;-)

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