Monostich

A monostich is a one-line poem, or a line in a poem that stands out without the assistance of other lines. Linda’s challenge this week is to work with these: The red planet, lily of the valley, dust devil, fossil, green flash, school bus, inchworm. I’ll end with the poem I wrote, but a monostich could also be the punch line of a joke (Linda hoped someone would try that). I’m not great at jokes; usually I copy other people’s, but here’s my attempt:
What do you get if you cross a Rolling Stone with springy grass?
A jumpin’ green flash.

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Spooked

A green flash spooked them on the school bus;
A teacher leapt up from her place –
A waft of Lily of the Valley as she passed
And she stood over the boy, filling his space.

He was a bit of a geek –
Always studying images of the red planet;
Did he have something in his bag?
But, you couldn’t plan it – there it was again!

A green flash spooked them on the school bus;
It seems to come from the rear,
So that’s where she looks – not even an apology;
However innocent, you don’t get an apology.

The boy thinks he knows what the green flash might be;
He can almost hear the garbled speech:
“We’ve been exploring your earth, and we want to see justice” –
A green flash spooked them on the school bus.

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