Girl on the Train

By Ryan Seylhouwer

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In the same way that strangers on the train might communicate through subconscious cues it was apparent, at least from the periphery, that she was wary of anyone she might objectively qualify as deserving of her love; not because of her upbringing or past experiences but because of the paranoia stemming from a vapid and distant society that pushes the intimacies of human relations to brief economic exchanges and the violence of the streets.

She meets with her peers on this level only after surviving the cruel gears of humanity, and it was this distrust of other people that served as the bond between her and her friends.  Not that she made these bonds intentionally or even consciously but she did consciously jeer at strangers on the street, especially men and especially men of a different generation without really knowing why except for the realization that, they too, survived the gears of humanity but from a different vantage point.

It is in this vacuum of intimacies that she and her friends establish their own status quo with their communications of gossip and observations of people; and now when a stranger on the train begins to write in his journal she eyes him and secretly wonders what he is writing.

– Ryan Seylhouwer