no trains carrying weary commuters
and all shops with shutters down.
But this Christmas Day a magical scene unfolds,
businesses and charities
have ensured that at this symbolic time
the homeless can forget despair and grime
for tables have replaced countless footsteps
and a Christmas meal provided
together with free sleeping bags and thermal clothes.
Perhaps Jesus, watching from the flickering stars
feels there's still hope for humanity
and this brief respite from a life so hard
deserves to grace many a Christmas card.