Circuit B: The Contact of a Taxi Driver


by Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah

A wide street, a wide mouth, the wind
whispers in the trees and nobody

wants to take this shape for good when
the first agent of grammar arriving this afternoon.

She sits in her bedroom window watching him filtering the sunlight and breaking memories,

the sun reduces its strength
and remains below the hills,

a little inflamed sore when
the bandage has come off the cut.

She sees the cops walking
towards the dilapidated wooden house.

The dead leaves are on the path. She hears
the rustle of the leaves

as they step on them.
The huge dark door is shut.

There is a rope beside the door. They pull
the rope. They wait for a moment

and listen. Suddenly they
hear a wall clock ticking.

She loses her sight when the hot tea
spilling on her shirt

and everything is

generalized as a fixing vessel

between friends.
She finds a place to position her spindly legs.

There in the Holetown street from 5 AM to 9 PM he drives a taxi and helps Japanese couples

who are helpless
after their accident.

Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah‘s recent books include 2BQ (poems), and Arthur Algebras (mathematics). His individual poems have been published in journals and anthologies in US, Canada, UK, Japan, Australia, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, India, South Africa, Israel, etc. Ayiah Mensah is a practicing artist, writer and teacher in the southern part of Ghana.

de Meyer, Adolf. (1900). Olga de Meyer. [Platinum print] New York, NY: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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