|The New York City taxicab is almost as famous as the city it serves, having been immortalized in film, literature and music throughout its relatively brief existence. Scroll down for a few examples.|
|Taxis have also been the focus of many books and poems. Taxis have made appearances in books such as The Great Gatsby and Catcher in the Rye. Poems have also been written to express the effects taxis have on people and society. Scroll down for two examples from poets Mary Ann Waters and David Baker.|
|This man saying no no. This man moaning jesus christ.|
He's got his forehead sealed on the fogged side window
in profile to the back seat and us. He's broken.
His face, one shade from beautiful, wears the look
of weeping though it's dry - the front of the cab
glows blue, large as a cheap, cluttered room.
His friend is driving, broken down, black stone.
|But there are lights in the walls of the numinous sky.|
But there are people in overcoats, dodging.
The rain has roughed up and polished the city -
blur of a blur of a blur. And so we are rushing
tight against the curb down the terminal streets,
block after block, beneath stone walls and windows
and glitter. There is only one sadness, one speed.
Once I felt like a philosopher, everything
charged with meaning. I'd pause
to watch the shadow of a 727
crawl across the highway
thinking this is the essence.
not the plane, gilded by sunlight,
nor the shadow moving
like an immortal finger,
but the highway. The highway
just after the shadow has passed.
And once, in a second hand store
in Wyoming. I found a kimono,
lavender, lined in red silk,
and the kimono was elegant
when we left it
|on the black sweep of lawn|
to swim in the dark pool,
and the fireflies rose into
constellations of stars, erased,
made believable, by the moon.
And once, in the city, you hailed the
convenient taxi, and then you turned
to say goodbye, but I do not
exactly remember your face,
nor what must have been resignation.
I remember, instead, the remarkable way
the door closed, silently. the sudden
space by the curb. The torn piece
of newsprint, dampened, pulpy.