Swift Completion

Neither snow nor sleet nor winter cold

Nor torrential rain nor withering heat 

Neither gloom of night nor fog of morn

Not the winds of change or a nation challenged

Neither tempest nor strife nor fierce beasts

Not yet the usurpers of our rightful estate

Swift Completion

Adopted Post Office City or Postal Topic: 
Bock, Minnesota
Briefly describe why you chose this theme to represent the USPS: 
I don't believe art should be explained, but here goes: By cobbling together most of the words and phrases that have been used over time in adding to the creed inscribed on the James Farley Post Office in New York City, I wanted to honor USPS workers. The kicker comes with the last line, which is a paraphrase of a postal creed that appears in Thomas Pynchon's "The Crying of Lot 49." While the line can be read by the casual reader as an innocent continuation of the praise, it really is meant to be an indictment of legislators who discount the central importance of post offices in our communities and support draconian measures that threaten a great gift bestowed on us by our founding fathers.
Author: 
Sid Hartha
First Name: 
Joan
Last name: 
Siegel