A Rebbi’s Proverb (From the Yiddish)

If you always assume
the person sitting next to you
is the Messiah
waiting for some simple human kindness —
You will soon come to weigh your words
and watch your hands.
And if the person chooses
Not to be revealed
In your time —
It will not matter.

Danny Siegel, first published in “And God Braided Eve’s Hair” (1976);  and subsequently in “Unlocked Doors” (1983)