Letterboxes

The post bag services
from town to town
evolved into the penny
post a delightful
innocuous service to
send letters around the
country, later around
the world in great
quantities which led
to that amazing institution
… letterboxes for every house.

Originally intended for
letters, business used
them to deliver bills.
Now businesses go further
with delivery of blazingly
brilliant brochures into
letterboxes sometimes
pushing real mail out
on to puddles on the
muddy path below.

Much of my mail comes
now through cyberspace
arriving in my computer
where I block unwanted
garish advertising.

Yet still occasional letters
and cards arrive by mail
so I defend them with
my “No Junk Mail” notice.

Previously posted August 2017.

Letterboxes

Houses

Our elderly suburb quietly
transforms as old unkempt
houses are trucked away one
by one from yesteryear’s
large sections leaving swathes
of empty ground to send up
rough clumps herbiage
where vegetables once grew,
hens once lucked scratched for
juicy insects tender shoots.
Bare soil with random concrete
blocks is all that remains
where family homes once stood.

Fruit trees covered with moss
leaves black with mildew
stand deserted near ricketty
back fences, straggly hedges.

Many town dwellers no longer
grow their own food in
this helter skelter century.

Old houses lose their paint
are divided, rented out to
those who use themĀ  as a
base to sleep and eat until
at last they are jacked up on
to trucks, dispossessed from
their long time dwelling places.

Several little modern homes
are built on each section
with little earth of their own.

Previously posted August 2017.

Houses

Gutter And Drain

When the man who cleared my
gutter went to empty the gunge
from his bucket I said
not on my precious garden put it
down the drain so he did.
There was more than I expected.
……………….. Ooooops !! …………….

We both pumped my yard
broom handle up and down
in the drain put several
bucketfuls of water down
so the gunge and water
washed away down the drain
…………….most of it …………….

Over several days I plied
broom handle and bucket
but a stubborn layer of gritty
stuff clung to the gulley
trap and the drains water
level stayed well up.
……………… hmmm ! …………….

I rang the drains company.
Two men came with their
drains snake hose which
one pumped up and down
while the other turned on
taps in my little flat then
checked the other flats’
drains. At last all the
gunge was gone and the
drain was empty of water.

Soon I will receive a bill
for two drains people’s time.

Previously posted August 2017.

Gutter And Drain