Making Change

I buy a green Checker taxi
at a junkyard,
fix it up
including the meter,
and drive around town,
charging myself for every mile.
I spend the money on travel:
a month in Venice,
three weeks in France,
but always I come back
to my green Checker cab,
hanging souvenirs
from the rear-view mirror.

When my schedule allows
I pick up fares,
take them to a museum
regardless of their destination.
Make time for culture, I say.
Arrayed in accessories
resplendent in the sun,
I wave at strangers
with both hands,
steering at last from the inside.

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