Second day of Advent
All day long they come, the charity vans,
reversing the work of St Nick:
hoofing sacks from kerbsides, taking off.
Most never stop, even this time of year.
Wardrobes stay shut – toy boxes, too –
leaving rows of embarrassed doorsteps
blushing under kilowatts of rope lights.
Festive scenes behind each closed door;
wishlists that deliver other vans.