“Great performance!” “So moving!”…. and myriad such comments greeted the Facebook picture of Mr. Fletcher’s Grade 8 class’s presentation.
First prize, proud students, delighted parents, kudos with his colleagues and, more importantly, the principal and board.
Sipping his third celebratory beer, Mr. Fletcher mentally replayed the show’s crescendo. Students standing in line, with Greta Thunberg high seriousness, accusing the audience of hypocrisy and causing the imminent environmental catastrophe.
“Shame on you!” their callow voices chorused, fingers pointing.
Then, the pièce de résistance, John Lennon’s sentimental “Imagine” booming out as the lights faded.
Everyone went home satisfied, the world unchanged.
Born and raised in Cardiff, Wales, Ian has an MA in English from Oxford University. He lives in Taiwan with his wife, two daughters and cat. He teaches English in a high school. He has had poems and short stories published in Duane’s PoeTree, Tuck Magazine, Best Poetry, The Ekphrastic Review, 1947 A Literary Journal, Spillwords Press, Dead Snakes, Your One Phone Call, Schlock! Webzine, Short-story.me, Literary Yard, Indian Periodical, Anotherealm, Under the Bed, A Story In 100 Words, Poems and Poetry, Friday Flash Fiction, The Drabble, and in various anthologies.