An old lady sneezed on the bus today
and the driver yelled out
God Bless You!

His benediction hung there
in the quiet morning rush
in the dust that drifted
in the slanted sun of near autumn
coming through the windows

And the dozen of us on the bus
realized that this was no mere driver
but a holy man
in masquerade

a messiah in blue shirt
his holy locks tucked
under a union cap

He later affirmed that he was
based on the aplomb displayed

with the hydraulic doors
and keeping people back
of the line

© Carlos Chagall, 2013