Connecting Yesterday with Today

Watercolor by Karla Kroll Uecker

The old rural mailbox by the side of the road brings hope. No mail today? Well, maybe tomorrow.

It sat there.

Quietly.

Seemingly alone.

Somewhat ignored.

Yet commanding attention.

Dug into place.

Where it had its place.

Maybe held snuggly by concrete.

Or, hardened clay.

Or, precariously by black dirt.

Roger Summers

Threatened by an inattentive driver.

Or, a raging fire rushing through dried weeds.

Yet it survived.

Always survived.

Survived to serve.

To bring hope.

No mail today?

Well, maybe tomorrow.

Maybe a letter from Son, who once worked the farm with the family.

Now off to war.

In some far off place,

Maybe from Sis, who also worked the farm with the family.

Now off to work in the Big City.

Or, maybe the “Monkey Wards” Catalog.

Or, the one from Sears-Roebuck.

Wish books.

Wish books that entertained.

Brought promise.

Even in its own way, a bit of hope.

Expectation.

The rural mailbox.

It connected.

Connected here with there.

Yesterday with today.

Today with tomorrow.

Connected what is with what might be.

Roger Summers is the author of Heart Songs from a Washboard Road. Please click HERE to find the book on Amazon.

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