Sandra Martyres

Rookie (5th October / Mumbai - India)

Down Memory Lane - In A Local Train - Poem by Sandra Martyres

It was a trip down memory lane
My journey on a Mumbai local train
Boarding the Ladies Compartment
I managed to land a window seat
Which in my younger days
Was considered the veteran’s treat
As only the fleet-footed and the agile
Were able to leap into the moving train
For these coveted seats to stake their claim

I watched as the passengers boarded
Most with household provisions loaded
But each with her own seat preference
Some chose to sit in the direction
Of the moving train
While others opted to be with friends
The short distance travelers
For convenience, just stood near the door

If you are a regular train commuter
You will probably wonder
What’s so special about this mundane routine
But believe me it is not as boring as it may seem
A journey on a local train can be quite an experience
The chatty ladies provide entertainment and education
All you need to do is to keep your eyes and ears open
To treat yourself to fun and free advice on any and everything

You can hear hot tips on the stock market
Get free lessons on bringing up children
Easy recipes for their teatime snacks
Quick home remedies for coughs and colds
On the lighter side there is the latest gossip on the stars
And opinions galore on the current TV soap operas
If you are lucky you may even get a slice of cake
In case a passenger decides her birthday to celebrate

I savored every moment of the trip
Listening attentively to all the ladies around me
Not being a regular I did not have my own clique
So I was free to choose and spent time listening
To the many animated discussions
Ranging from politics to children’s obsessions
All in all by the time I reached my destination
I had the sensation that I was wiser far than when I started out

Comments about Down Memory Lane - In A Local Train by Sandra Martyres

  • Rookie - 405 Points Patti Masterman (10/21/2009 5:55:00 PM)

    Sounds like a great way to spend part of a day. I relish that feeling; of being surrounded by delicious talk; and being owned by nobody, can freely eavesdrop
    or participate in either of the discussions that appeals to me; or simply remain
    the mysterious stranger who only listens..(smile) (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Anand Madhukar (9/17/2009 11:28:00 AM)

    Your minute powers of observation are very much in evidence in this write. Excellent narration as well. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Sulaiman Mohd Yusof (8/24/2009 8:28:00 AM)

    I love taking the public transport, in such a way, you can be inspired through out by the variation of characteristic and behavior of a large commuters on board. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sarwar Chowdhury (8/22/2009 3:10:00 PM)

    powerful compact composition! The train can be a amazing metaphor!
    10+ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 5 Points Subroto Chatterjee (8/18/2009 11:42:00 PM)

    Quite true what you say....The Mumbai local, among other things, can teach one (if required) to be PATIENT.....
    Subroto (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sonya Florentino (8/18/2009 7:54:00 AM)

    one a train ride, one has many choices... you can sleep, read a good book, listen to music, use your laptop, watch the wonderful scenery or listen and observe the people around you, write a poem... indeed how can one be bored? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Bhaswat Chakraborty (8/18/2009 6:30:00 AM)

    This poem reminds me the local train journeys in the Kolkata area in my younger days. It can indeed be very enjoyable. Very well written. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 116 Points Sathyanarayana M V S (8/14/2009 3:00:00 AM)

    Great persons listen more observe more. This is a very very good poem........touching the realities of life..........a piece of life in train.........all that commotion, those runs and sweats........Wonderful experience......reading this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 12 Points premji premji (8/13/2009 4:46:00 AM)

    dear sandra,
    even i too travel in local trains...
    from those people, i pick up lots of jokes and write it down on my diary... some i can use them for writing stories and poems...these people are so innocent... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sandra Fowler (8/12/2009 10:00:00 PM)

    Very warm and colorful. You travel in good company,
    Sandra. And I have been with you all the way. Lovely...

    As always,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Jasmin Whyte (8/12/2009 1:34:00 PM)

    Sandra, you shuttled me along with you on this ride! What a treat, and i found myself 'listening' to the these lines

    'You can hear hot tips on the stock market
    Get free lessons on bringing up children
    Easy recipes for their teatime snacks
    Quick home remedies for coughs and colds.........' (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ted M (8/12/2009 8:02:00 AM)

    My God! Sandra this is a treat. From the minis to such a complete story. It's like wholesome nutritious food for a reader’s mind. It's great to read an artistic poem that long, unlike those Haikus or senryus. This is quite an interesting story like the kind you find in Amol Palekar movies, simple, nice, and beautiful. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 8 Points Anjali Sinha (8/12/2009 6:50:00 AM)

    what an experience
    great! ! ! ! ! !

    what about getting to share a poem or two
    does that happen on your train journey too

    but not so here
    for us its so dull
    no entertainment

    lovely poem
    i enjoyed it
    a tenner for your narration
    and style
    anjali (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Alison Cassidy (8/11/2009 9:50:00 PM)

    It is your poet's eye and ear that 'makes' this poem! You watch and listen and allow the rich tapestry of life to well and truly fill your consciousness. Then you share it with detail and skill so that we can all enjoy your train journey. I guess it's a lesson on living - on noticing and cherishing the mundane as well as the sublime. Great piece. Love, Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Carl Harris (8/11/2009 2:01:00 PM)

    Though I have heard some horror stories about riding on Indian trains (from Indians that I know myself) , your wonderfully expressed and written poem was a great delight to read, Sandra. It reminded me vividly of commuter trains, where the same people tend to ride in the same cars at the same time every day, and after a while, they are no longer strangers. It was that convivial atmosphere which wonderfully premeated this fine poem from beginning to end and made it a very delightful read! Carl. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 126 Points Leslie Alexis (heaven Is My Home) (8/11/2009 12:43:00 PM)

    lovely.......... i enjoyed reading this.. i too feel wiser after this. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Bob Blackwell (8/11/2009 10:05:00 AM)

    Thank you Sandra I enjoyed the journey. In my youth I spent many happy hours travelling by train, it was a time to get to know your fellow travellers. Bob (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Samanyan Lakshminarayanan (8/11/2009 9:32:00 AM)

    you took us along sandra...definitely as a quite listener we become wiser (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ben Burgess (8/11/2009 9:29:00 AM)

    excellent poem, makes me feel as though i've travelled on the train too (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 47 Points Meggie Gultiano (8/11/2009 7:31:00 AM)

    thank you Sandra, for the privilege of riding the train with you, all in five minutes.I did enjoy reading this. I not blessed to having a train ride, so this will suffice me for the moment.
    A wonderful piece. I love to read and re read this again

    meggie (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 10, 2009

Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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