Eddie Roa

Rookie - 3 Points (June 22,1942 / Manila. Philippines)

Leaving By Taxi - Poem by Eddie Roa

Tell him not to go
Tug at his coat sleeves
Cry out in plea
Won’t you?

He’s going now
All suited up in black
Sullen cabbie waits
In a gaudily festooned hack

Cab fare is ready
Two minted coppers
Covering his twin orbs
As the flag went down

The taxi crept
In an unhurried pace
The radio droned a hymn
I heard it hum a somber tune

The hack bucked and sputtered
As he bade goodbye to each block
Past known haunts and faces
Turning last into a gated arch


Comments about Leaving By Taxi by Eddie Roa

  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (3/31/2019 9:45:00 PM)

    The hack bucked and sputtered and the taxi crept, . Travelling experience you have beautifully explained in this poem.10 (Report)Reply

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  • Jim Norausky (3/6/2009 9:17:00 PM)

    Great imagery in a melodramatic setting. Well done.10 here. Jim (Report)Reply

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  • Gargi Saha (2/8/2009 9:39:00 AM)

    A wonderful write. U get 10++.........
    Love & hugs.
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  • Edgar Andrade BaguioEdgar Andrade Baguio (2/5/2009 7:48:00 PM)

    I just wonder how creepy must the taxi be with those melancholic moving sounds of cadence in between the persona's pace... Deeper than the other lines I must say. (Report)Reply

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  • Abraham De La Torrre (2/3/2009 8:32:00 PM)

    Shakespeare would've stirred in his sentimental grave. What! no tears? Hysteria being the norm of Philippine partings, your question mocks the mushiness of most mortals. Would that comings and goings were as routine as toothbrushing, we'd be better off, won't we? I take that back, people being so, it's anyone's privilege to be poised or puerile. Like your point of being - what else - to the point. Bravo! (Report)Reply

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  • Subbaraman N V (2/2/2009 9:56:00 AM)

    That indeed is the world! Beautiful crafting! Great! Congrats Eddie! (Report)Reply

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  • Naseer Ahmed NasirNaseer Ahmed Nasir (2/2/2009 9:05:00 AM)

    Beautiful one, Eddie. Your diction is unique. Agree with Marie and Kesav.....10/10.
    Regards
    Naseer
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  • Zaarah JasminZaarah Jasmin (2/1/2009 10:40:00 PM)

    i agree with kesav! Great work eddie! (Report)Reply

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  • Kesav EaswaranKesav Easwaran (2/1/2009 8:11:00 PM)

    beautiful write, Eddie...philosophy in bright words...excellent diction...the first time i'm reading you here...an experience very pleasing......thanks for inviting me to read...10 (Report)Reply

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  • Autumn Stoddard (2/1/2009 7:26:00 PM)

    I must agree with the comments before me, this is a piece that catches the reader and puts them in the poem. The description and language that you used was wonderful. Well done. (Report)Reply

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  • Krista Churchill (2/1/2009 3:21:00 PM)

    So gentle peaceful and nice.

    Krista
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  • C. P. SharmaC. P. Sharma (2/1/2009 1:40:00 AM)

    Awesome. I agree with my philosopher and friend Yoonoos.
    CP
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  • Catrina Heart (2/1/2009 1:39:00 AM)

    an opus so meaningful painted with fine imagery...glad you ahve invited me over to read your page....Thanks...10/10 (Report)Reply

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  • A Poet Who Loves To Sing Alves (2/1/2009 12:05:00 AM)

    I must say the first 'stanza'...beginning lines...plea, touched my heart...read it over and over again...I loved the description of what he was wearing and his haste with fare already at hand...I am not sure what the taxi driver did or the rest mattered to me...I am going to read it all again just to be sure. 10 for this first time read. (Report)Reply

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  • Vaibhav Pandey (1/31/2009 11:34:00 PM)

    quite unique in presentation.......very well expressed...... (Report)Reply

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  • Mimi Fakhira (1/31/2009 11:11:00 PM)

    A story of goodbyes and separation... very good descriptions! Love it! (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 31, 2009

Poem Edited: Monday, April 26, 2010


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