An Open Letter to Jamaican Taxi Drivers, Bus Conductors, and Loadermen

Sir,

I am not a guard rail; don’t hold on to mi.

Like you choose which air freshener fi buy, so mi choose di vehicle fi mi.

I am not a dog; SO NUH BARK AFTER MI.

And I am not here for your catcalls –  so nuh comment pon mi body!

I am a customer – a consumer. I don’t recall begging you for a ride.

I’m slim, but paying the same as them. So don’t kotch mi pon nobody side.

When you pointed to the occupied front seat, I asked if I’m paying half price.

Why so shocked? For half a seat, I think a discount would be nice!

 

How can you tell me to either deal with your slackness or find a car to drive?

As if the cash in my purse doesn’t help pay your gas, your rent, your light?

Yuh too rude and out of order! Cause you wouldn’t like it done to you.

Imagine going to Juici Beef and dem tell yuh fi go home go cook food!

I’m a pleasant person, not a diva. A basic respect mi like.

I promise before yuh rude to mi fi nutn, mi rather ride a bike.

Sir, have you ever even ridden in the back of your own bus?

When you’re speeding, a mi a suffer, so yes mi a go cuss!

 

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How must you cuss mi out, because I said your car isn’t yet full?

I was in a rush, so jeezam, hush! Stop huff and puff like bull.

Look how much time mi tell yuh “Next bus stop when yuh go roun’!”

But by all means, cuss mi out! Choo yuh have di radio tun up too loud!

How can you tell me you hope rain soak mi outa road?

Because mi decide nuffi have mi left hip bone a climb up pon di door?

Mi have mi umbrella! So stay deh bad mind!

See another taxi jus’ pull up and I can fit just fine.

 

Thank you to those in transportation who appreciate basic manners and respect.

I’m very loyal to those whom I deem have decency and common sense.

Maybe you all can hold a conference to teach others the art of service.

‘Cause a lot of these men make me wonder, “a coulda wah mi do fi deserve dis?”

If I were running a public taxi or bus, it would be a sought after 5-star brand.

Because people have a need, and they are paying their cash, and I perfectly understand.

The culture that exists where passengers are worth only what be the fare

Needs to be reformed to one that respects all, so that Jamaica can reach somewhere.

 

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Byyeeeeeeeee!

 

 


© 2019 Sihle Atkinson – All Rights Reserved

12 Comments Add yours

  1. The36POET says:

    Well, well, well… I love the usage of the Jamaican dialect (payois/patwah) to convey a rather demeaning reality, the hustle and bustle of the transportation lack of service community. Keep writing and continue to share your thoughts. I’m now following

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    1. Glad you liked it! Thanks so much for your feedback, 36 POET 🙌

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  2. Jodi says:

    Awesome girl! Love it! Keep sending them on!!!😊♥️

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    1. Thanks, Jodi! I sure will 🙂

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  3. Sasha says:

    Wow. So true to the T. Lovely read. I like it.

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    1. Thanks! I appreciate your comment, Sasha

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  4. Mone Cohen says:

    This is wonderful writing – rich language with elements of culture profoundly stated in a very nice style. Oh and everything is 100% true and reflective of how most persons feel.

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    1. I strive to be relatable. Thanks so much for your encouraging feedback. Thanks for reading!

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  5. Paula says:

    Beautifully expressed… Wonder how many a these taxi drivers will understand this message😁
    Mi love it !!!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks, Paula! Maybe we should all just tell them when the opportunity arises.

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  6. Nikkeita J says:

    By virture of reading this, I was pushed back to that taxi where i had to sit in the middle seat because “mi likkle.” The struggle is real! I enjoyed this piece. Nuff respect Sihle 🙂

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    1. Story of our lives! Haha. Thank you for reading. Glad you enjoyed it.

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