Christmas Prayer for three foreign students on the Subway
St George’s Cross? Are you sure?
Are you safe, are you loved?
You must be: your towely socks are newish white,
your rucksacks packed to perfection,
and the silver tinsel on your hats is allowed,
for your brown eyes have no ideaof their own shine: the sassy purity of youth.
When you get off, and the train pulls away,
let everyone be kind to you,
let your B&B be without grubbiness
and let the grey, Glasgow wind and rain
fail to dampen you, in these days before Christmas
when you are far from home.