⋅ 20 December 2011

My Maiden Ride on the Metro

I dedicate this verse to my dear friend Sandra Martyres who has been instrumental in making me take my maiden metro ride in my city.

On a chilly and windy
Tuesday morning at ten o'clock,
I get a pleasant surprise -
a call from my dear friend,
Sandra Martyres.

She says she can meet me
but for a very brief time.
I am delighted as she's so kind
to spare a few moments
even with her packed schedule.

So she takes a ride in her car
from Whitefield to MG Road
and I take my maiden metro ride
from CMH Road to MG Road
and we meet just outside 'The Pavilion'.

We decide to go to Cafe Coffee Day
in front of Barton Centre
and chat over a cup of coffee -
espresso for her and
cappuccino for me.

She narrates her experiences
in Paris and in Bangalore
and we talk a bit about
banking and poetry, too.
Soon we realize it's time to part.

She has to meet
yet another friend before taking
an evening flight back to Mumbai.
So she leaves by car
and I by the metro again!

Life is filled with surprises.
I knew Sandra would be in my city
for just a couple of days.
But we managed to meet
and I took my maiden metro ride, too.


Gita Ashok
20/12/2011, 2 pm

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  • Sandra is such wonderful poet anyone would hope to have a coffee with.you r lucky to meet.also i would recommend a real meeting occasion atleast once in an year in a metro for the poetfreak friends.shall we?20 Dec 2011 by

  • Conratulations on your maiden ride Gita! A great dedication to Sandra ! -Raj20 Dec 2011 by

  • sandra is such a wonderful person and a very natural ppoet...recently i got to meet sathya and indra in chennai20 Dec 2011 by

  • Glad you had a nice time with a very lovely lady........20 Dec 2011 by

  • Sandra is coming here next month and am looking forward to chat with her over coffee, and catch up with other things. its nice meeting friends out of cyberspace. nice ride and good write20 Dec 2011 by

  • sounds like a wonderful day gita20 Dec 2011 by

  • How lucky you both! I pray for a "magic metro" from Argentina for the next time you two meet again. Lovely piece, Gita.20 Dec 2011 by

  • Oh Gita, thank you so much....I am lost for words...It was a pleasure meeting you again in Bangalore....Thanks for taking that Metro to meet me!! I will take a ride on the train next time...20 Dec 2011 by

  • Metro ride is always a pleasure. Dedication of poem to Sandra is great.21 Dec 2011 by

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