The Commute

Alone on a crowded train

Nicole Bianchi
May 15, 2019 · 3 min read

ou are alone when you board the train, alone as you walk down the aisle searching for a seat, alone as you tip slightly when the crowded train car sways, alone when you jerk open the heavy door to the next car, alone despite the line of impatient people waiting behind you.

Here is a seat at last next to a young woman, perhaps in her thirties, whose eyes you will never know…