Green Flash

First published in True Colour (Redmond, Washington: City of Redmond, 2014).

no news—
the putting green
whitens with snow

            from here to the sunrise
            green lights

small-town museum—
the green beret’s dogtag
with a bullet hole

the green mamba
behind glass
—I think

            green with envy
            the fired Santa Claus

vacation over—
the green flash
still unseen