A sinister spacecraft came down on the field,
And a hatch in the saucer slid back and revealed –
A nightmare of Martians, all grey and green streaks,
And they each had three legs and three eyes and three beaks!
Then, wobbling weirdly, one came right across
And in Martian demanded to speak to the boss.
So we led him in school, to the headmaster’s door,
And we knocked, and he opened, and then when he saw –
His eyeballs fell out with a plop on the floor!
A crack opened up in the soccer field grass,
And rapidly grew to a yawning crevasse,
And the school was engulfed in the awful abyss:
The goalposts, the classrooms, the teachers – all this
Went helplessly into that opening jaw,
All hurting down towards earth’s fiery core,
And everything burned to a crisp – except me,
I escaped from the furnace. But how? Let me see…
I felt the inferno; came close to heart-failure!
But I fell through the world and came out in Australia!
– by Eric Finney