a notice recently arrived
telling me the stamps i’d ordered online
from the post office this past summer
were finally arriving in my mailbox
it had been so long
i’d forgotten about them
told me what day they’d be delivered
then they weren’t there
they were marked as ‘delivered’ online.
they were not there all week
went to the post office
i have the nicest mailman in the world
but wanted to see if they could find them
woman at the desk
said i had to request a refund on their website
after navigating through
using the tracking code
filling in all the blanks
“not eligible for refund as it was not insured.”
read it a couple of times
wait, wasn’t it coming from them to me?
weren’t they the post office, the ones who i was buying them from?
weren’t they supposed to deliver them to me?
wasn’t that their one job?
my mailman said he’ll check all the boxes nearby
but i fear they are lost in the abyss.
next time i’ll ask them to please insure their own product before trying to send it to me using their services.
“and then she had to fill out so many forms she forgot why she had come and what she had left behind.”