pre-dawn dog walk past the Mission
fellow pushing a cart stops me:
"I'm a human being...
and a teacher you know."
He looked up into the sky,
then back to me.
"Got a word for you... your homework:
I handed him some money -
he pushed it back with both hands.
"Give that to the next saint you meet;
there's one just up the street."
He gave his cart a big inertia breaking push
turned the corner singing.