Wanting to be Reminded

Are there too many people in this city or just enough?
Sometimes the proximity to so many others is basically intolerable.
Being in close quarters can breed disgust very quickly.
On the subway, or anywhere.
But then someone does something very human.
Which has become oddly, unfortunately, unexpected.
They give up their seat, talk to a stranger, talk to you.
And, after the momentary surprise, I suddenly feel kind of stupid.
And then hopeful.
To be reminded,
that while we are all walking around,
feeling disconnected and alone,
pretending, then thinking, then believing that we are alone,
we are all together,
and wanting to be reminded of it.

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