Taxi Driver Villanelle

Davidson Garrett

Driving them, driving you, driving no one,
Clutching a steering wheel, lost in my cab—
What’s the matter Ma’am? Isn’t madness fun!

Hack license hangs on plexi-partition,
Mugs shot looks like CRACKHEAD—ripe for rehab—
Driving them, driving you, driving no one!

Road rage: I morph into Attila the Hun,
When calm prevails: I’m flighty as Queen Mab—
What’s the matter Ma’am? Isn’t madness fun!

Men in drag hail me, shout: “Step-on- it-Hon!”
We buzz downtown, engrossed in FABULOUS gab—
Driving them, driving you, driving no one!

Head lights, tail lights, orange lights: Try not to run
Red lights, hauling a fussy East Side crab—
What’s the matter Ma’am? Isn’t madness fun!

Midnight mischief, sly thief points lethal gun—
Grabs my cash! Guess who’ll pay the meter’s tab?
Driving them, driving you, driving no one—
What’s the matter Ma’am? Isn’t madness fun!

 

Davidson Garrett is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, and lives in Manhattan. He trained for the theater at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is a member of Screen Actor’s Guild, Actor’s Equity, and AFTRA. A graduate of The City College of New York with an M.S. in Education, his poetry, prose and articles have been published in literary magazines and online journals. In 2006, he published a collection of poetry and prose: King Lear of the Taxi (Advent Purple Press). Davidson has been a New York City taxi driver for over 30 years to help subsidize his art.