Going Postal

Two-time Pushcart Award nominee, Michael Solender, returns with a unique little story for your pleasure.

Going Postal
by Michael J. Solender

Locked out of his apartment, Frank came up with an ingenious plan. He had an envelope and a stamp. He folded himself up leaving his left hand free and stuffed himself in the legal number 10. He knew that same zip code delivery would get him back home tomorrow. His mail came into the house through the slot in the door so he was golden. Folded up and sitting precariously on the ledge of the postal box, he had to depend on the good will of one of his neighbors to post him. Mrs. Zagny happened by and did just that. Resting comfortably in the dark with gas bills and Mr. Tetley’s steamy note to his unseen Pilipino mail order bride he suddenly began to become concerned. “Shit, I forgot to address myself.” He mumbled and then fell asleep.


Michael J. Solender is the author of the short story and poetry chapbook, Last Winter’s Leaves, published by Full of Crow Press. His essay, Unaffiliated, is featured in the anthology, Topograph: New Writings From The Carolinas and the Landscape Beyond, published by Novello Festival Press. His crime/noir drama, Pewter Badge won the 2011 Derringer Award for Best Mystery Short Story and he is a two-time Pushcart Award nominee. He is the City Life Editor for Charlotte Viewpoint and his work is found at michaeljwrites.com and his blog, NOT FROM HERE, ARE YOU?


About vision791

Pushcart nominee Jeanette Cheezum has been published on several online writing sites and in fifteen Anthology books and four poetry books. Three of these books have made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Awarded The Helium Networks Premium Writer’s Badge, Bronze Creative Writing Award and a Marketplace Writers award. Recently she has published thirteen ebooks at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You may find a list of some of her work at www.hamptonroadswriters.org
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

9 Responses to Going Postal

  1. Joe says:

    Nice one! A chilling ending.

  2. boltoncarley says:

    Love the mail-order bride part. Perfect touch to add to a fabulous imagination!

  3. Gita says:

    I’ll never look at a “self-addressed stamped envelope” request the same way. Funny lad and clever, too, is our Michael. A delight.

  4. pegjet says:

    The devil’s in the details, as they say. Fun read.

  5. LindaSW says:

    Very surreal. I once met a Philipino mail-order bride and her chinchilla rancher husband, on their honeymoon in Scotland. Very nice touch. Peace…

  6. thx all for the kind reviews! and to cheezy for hosting!!

  7. Laurita says:

    At least he has lots of reading material. Good one, Michael.

  8. ganymeder says:

    hehe, delightful!

Comments are closed.