True Grit?

Sand grinds ‘twixt dusty yellers; red-shot eyeballs glint and glare; farm-strong flexes years-old cotton.



“Mmm-breeay!” bawls the milk-hung ma, denyin’ an’ defyin’ all. “Don’tcha touch mah babe; her drink.”



Laughter breaks ‘top wind-bent grass; ‘top cow-pied field; ‘top boy an’ cow. “‘Reckon she’s got best a’ YOU.” Cacklin’ grandpap crows and coughs.



Eyes-bright pride waits, sideline spyin’: apple seed not far from tree. Rope loop lies in glove-sweat hands.



Brain-bright boy drops standoff staring; proffers dusty, gloved-hand oats.

Cow an’ calf come happy, hungry. Dad, an’ dad, shake worn hat heads.


Rounded up for Carrot Ranch‘s prompt this week: True Grit. You can play, too!

September 5, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that shows true grit. You can use the phrase or embody the theme. Who or what has true grit? Go where the prompt leads you!

Respond by September 10, 2019. Use the comment section below to share, read, and be social. You may leave a link, pingback, or story in the comments. If you want to be published in the weekly collection, please use the form.  Rules & Guidelines.


Photo Credit: Image by REBECA CRUZ GALVAN from Pixabay


©2019 Chelsea Owens

15 thoughts on “True Grit?

  1. Violet Lentz September 9, 2019 / 8:42 am

    brilliantly littered with crisp alliterations that set the loping tone of a cowboys gait…

    Liked by 2 people

    • Chelsea Owens September 9, 2019 / 8:48 am

      Thanks, J. You’ve made my day!


  2. johnlmalone September 10, 2019 / 11:49 pm

    I can’t better Violet’s comment but I like your innovative, risk taking style

    Liked by 1 person

    • Chelsea Owens September 11, 2019 / 7:03 am

      Wow; thank you, John. 🙂

      I saw you posted another Drabble piece. Good job!


  3. Charli Mills September 11, 2019 / 11:13 pm

    Love the style you chose to use to craft this flash, Chelsea. It creates strong impressions and blends the animal and ranchers into one scene

    Liked by 1 person

    • Chelsea Owens September 11, 2019 / 11:25 pm

      Thanks, Charli! I liked its meter, once completed.


  4. Jules September 12, 2019 / 8:08 am

    I only had a glimpse of this type of life for a few summers… Farmers – all have true grit. 🙂

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