Carsten Thomsen


And in the light
of dying day
your voice grew
and boastful
as you showed me
celluloid past
pointing them out
One by One
telling me names
and dirty deeds done
and secrets shared
severed heads
landmine limbs
in treetops
and dried human ear
in key-ring
We raised our cups of whiskey
to abject adolescent atrocities
to you making it
out alive
when so many
armed lives for hire

I took one
last long look

A group of grinning
boys in fatigues
with guns
for the camera
who ALL
came back as

Submitted: Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Edited: Wednesday, January 09, 2013

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My cab-driver who would send me to school and pick me up after I finished my job as a teacher here in Thailand. He got me a little worried when I, with my far from perfect Thai, picked up words like 'severed head in plastic bag' as he and his friends brought in some Golden Triangle drug-kingpin (in the days before everybody had cameras and mobile phones)

Comments about this poem (A CAB DRIVERS CONFESSIONS by Carsten Thomsen )

  • Rookie - 58 Points Brian Jani (5/24/2014 5:21:00 AM)

    Wow What a poem man! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Alla Simone (8/31/2013 8:46:00 PM)

    Excellent storytelling and metaphors. I feel I am there listening to the stories myself. celluloid past, abject adolescent atrocities- also enjoyed the language. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie ishant Bhurani (2/16/2012 6:32:00 AM)

    Nice poem
    Really liked it... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 128 Points Ahmed Abomahfouz (2/8/2012 9:21:00 AM)

    strong poem / vividly set / style is unique..marks 10+ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Omoloja Yusuf (2/7/2012 10:18:00 AM)

    Intelligent and interesting. I`m inspired. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,665 Points Wahab Abdul (2/7/2012 9:43:00 AM)

    What a nice poem is it! Nice words have been used in the poem. The quality of the poem is in its flow, the texture of the poem is knitted well, the theme is fantastic, a very good image has been created.The another quality of the poem is its mystic music. It is a great poem.I like the poem; I enjoyed it while reading. I am giving you 100/100..Keep it up. And at last I like to thank you for sharing this superb poem among us.please read some of mine. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 197 Points Pheko Motaung (2/6/2012 6:15:00 AM)

    A really fantastic poem! You're a fabulous writer. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 11,771 Points Ramesh Rai (2/6/2012 4:53:00 AM)

    a beautiful poem. i liked it (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 69 Points Vipins Puthooran (1/6/2012 5:55:00 AM)

    A good poem! ! ! Well-written! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 127 Points Allemagne Roßmann (1/23/2010 1:54:00 AM)

    A cabbie or a cable guy -and confessions even if done by true heart-people accepts to be undone coz' they deal with dark secrets or something dark.

    But its a very dusky confession though and a beautiful narration Sir.
    We expect more of such confessions.10++for the work. (Report) Reply

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