Uptown Train

Reads: 444  | Likes: 1  | Shelves: 0  | Comments: 2

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • Pinterest
  • Invite

Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic


About a girl on a train thinking about her life...


“Uptown Train”

 

She hide behind

her magazine,

noise canceling

headphones

riding a top

her blue Dodger

cap

which covered

her

strawberry summer

blond hair,

she always wore

her sunglasses

part fashion trend

but mostly just

to help keep

the eager

boys

from her side

as she rode

the uptown

train

back and forth

to work

she works long

hours

at a job

she hopes most

days

she’d get fired

from

just too poor

to quit

so here she

sits

trying not to

get ambushed

by the middle

aged men

who think they

have a shot

with her

and just have

to take it

something about

the train

that makes them

feel

like they are

in a bar

which just happens

to be heading

uptown

on rails,

she looks away

from her magazine

out

the scratched up

window

at the graffiti

as it rolls

along beside

her

she has gotten

to recognize

lots of the

artists

and their unique

styles

some of the

most powerful

art

she has ever

seen

was spray painted

over a dirty

cement wall

only to find

a day later

some jealous

tagger

made it into

some over

exaggerated

body part,

she sees a

couple of

familiar can

collectors

street people

who seem to

always work

the same sections

of track each

day

or is she just

seeing different

people

each time she

looks

and not caring

enough

to think of

them

as unique

maybe if they

spray painted

some message

across their

shopping carts

she would pay

more attention

to them,

how did her

world

get so small

what happened

to shrink it

one day

she had

no boundaries

or walls

to stop her

dreams

from spreading

out

above her

blocking the

light

of reality

letting her live

in the shade of

endless possibilities

nowhere in her

thoughts

did she ever hear

“You can’t do this”

now,

the hard plastic

seat

on the train

seems like its

only there

to remind her

with every

bump

her limitless

imagination

has been caged

her dreams

tamed

and domesticated,

she turns her

head

as a new

piece of graffiti

art

wizzes by

trying to catch

the tag

never really

knowing

if it will be

there tomorrow

she puts her

magazine away

decides to

try and put

faces

to the people

she sees everyday

collecting

bottles and cans

most of them

only staying a

small step

in front of

survival

while being left

far behind by

normal life,

normal

she says

in a whisper

she use to

hate that word

wanted nothing

to do

with anything

that put her

next to it

prided herself

at living on

the other end

of the sliding

scale

it sat on,

now that she’s

a bit older

she’s not so

sure

she knows what

normal is

anymore

or how far

from it

she really wants

to be,

she pushes those

thoughts

around in her

head

and comes to the

conclusion

she still has

control

over how she

still sees

herself

maybe it’s time

for some changes

remind herself

she still has

some fight

left in her

against the

normality of

society

she takes out

her lipstick

from her small

bag

as the train

pulls up to

her station

and as she

steps onto

the platform

and leaves the

train

she looks over

her shoulder

at her now

vacant

window seat

on the train

and written

across the window

in bright red

lipstick

just one word

“ANARCHY”

she gives an

approving nod

tied to a

self-satisfying

smile

she pushes

her way

through the

crowd

as she tries

to remember

which box in

the attic

she packed away

all her

punk rock

gear in

and if any

of it

still fits…

 

Tom Allen…01-04-2018…

 

 

 

 

 


Submitted: January 13, 2018

© Copyright 2021 Tom Allen714. All rights reserved.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • Pinterest
  • Invite

Add Your Comments:

Comments

hullabaloo22

Some graffiti really is a work of art, a statement.....and she made her own! Nice one, Tom.

Sat, January 13th, 2018 7:28pm

Author
Reply

Thanks very much Hull...Tom...

Sat, January 13th, 2018 2:30pm

Facebook Comments

Other Content by Tom Allen714

Short Story / Other

Short Story / Other