“Well Howdy. Welcome ta the Saddle Up Saloon. This here’s Kid, I’m Pal.”
“Jess. Cindy. Yer lookin’ a might lost. Ya’ll on walkabout, from last week?”
“Walkabout? No, we’re not from Australia, we’re from New Zealand. We’re looking for Carrot Ranch.”
“Ya ranchers, are ya?”
“Not exactly. Our writer ranches, you know, responds regularly. We’re farmers.”
“Oh. What d’ya grow?”
“Corn mostly, but we’re interested in diversifying, heard the ranch was open to that.”
“Corn’s all ya need ta be growin’!”
“Shush, Ernie, yer jist thinkin’ a yer corn liquor. Farmers an’ folks should cultivate an’ celebrate diversity.”
“Dees ees true, Keed. I suggest a legume to fortify de soil after de corn.”
“Figgers, Pepe LeGume. Yer always advercatin’ fer beans.”
“Dere are other legumes. You could geev peas a chance.”
“Yes! I like the sounds of that! What do you think Cindy?”
“I think you won’t want to hear this, Jess, but I’m seeing faeries scampering along the bar.”
“Cindy. Not here.”
“Umm, them’s our chapfaeries. We got kinda a infestation ya might say. They mostly hang out out back by the Poet-tree.”
“Is that where the portal is?”
“Ya could say so, Cindy. It’s a portal ta poetry, buckaroo-ku an’ the like. Don’t mind ‘em, they’s harmless.”
“Oh, I know. Jess, this seems like a good place. Ask them what they think of your carrot crop.”
“Ya got a crop a carrots do ya?”
“Well, yes, like I said, we want to diversify at our farm.”
“Shorty’s the expert on carrots aroun’ here, but seems ta me ya gotta think ‘bout marketin’.”
“Shorty’s the expert on thet too. Kid’s right though, an’ they sure is plenny a carrots aroun’ these parts. But ya’ve come a long way. Whyn’t ya show us what ya got.”
“Whoaaaa! Look’t ‘em Pal! Why them carrots is ever’ color a the rainbow!”
“By gosh, ya’ll got diverse carrots! Bet yer husbands is mighty impressed with yer farmin’ abilities.”
“I see ya each gotta band on yer ring finger.”
“And you assumed. Not all carrots are orange, Pal.”
“And not all marriages are either.”
“Reckon yer right, both a ya. Sorry ‘bout my ‘sumptions.”
“Hey, mebbe we kin git Shorty ta feature more’n the typical orange carrot ‘roun the ranch.”
“Good idea, Kid. Jess, what other ideas ya got fer diversifyin’ yer farm?”
“I’d really like to raise alpaca.”
“I’ll pack a cooler!”
“Shush Ernie! You were sayin’?”
“Alpaca. A herd of them.”
“I’ve heard a them. Little llama like things.”
“Woolly? That’s be anuther fine addition ta the ranch! Reckon Shorty’d ‘dentify more with alpaca than llamas, too, ‘cause they’re, you know… shorter.”
“Jess, Cindy, don’t you sell yersefs short. Seems like yer already doin’ right by thet farm a yers. Ya do an’ it’ll do right by you. D’versifyin’ yer crops an’ sech will make yer farm more resourceful an’ resilient. Agri-Culture— culture of the field. Wish folks could see thet cultivatin’ d’versity an’ weedin’ out intolerance is good fer ever’one.”
“Thank you Pal, well said. Right Cindy? Cindy? Pal, where’d Cindy and Kid go off to?”
“There they are, out back at the Poet-tree, with them chapfaeries flittin’ about. It’s been real good gittin’ ta know both you an’ yer wife better, Jess. Yer colorful carrots has given me somethin’ ta chomp on.”
“Yep, folks, if’n yer lookin’ fer a extra prompt, write some verse ’bout d’versity. Any kinda verse’ll do, jist leave it or a link in the comments. Oh, here’s Kid back from the Poet-tree.”
Communities should be like ecosystems
Knit together to carry weights might be shiftin’
When one has ta set back
another picks up the slack
All pullin t’gether, never jist one does the liftin’.
It ain’t a weakness or wrong
Ta see d’frences as d’frent ways ta be strong
We’re each part of a Whole
The breath of Earth’s Soul
Each singin’ a verse in a single shared Song
So don’t matter d’ya ‘dentify farmer or rancher
Or ‘dentify as plodder or prancer
Jist be yer best you
Good things will ensue
Sometimes we’re all both question and answer.
Jess and Cindy hang out in Joanne the Geek’s blog: https://jedigirlblog.wordpress.com/ which is run by Joanne Fisher who lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. She writes fiction, flash fiction, poetry, and the occasional article. Last year she completed writing two novels, and is currently looking for a publisher. In the past she had a collection of poetry published under a slightly different name. She tries to make her blog a fun creative space where she can experiment with different styles and formats. Her Facebook page for her blog is https://www.facebook.com/Joanne-the-Geek-137136437008772.
If asked, Pal & Kid will deny that they spill from the pen of D. Avery. They claim to be free ranging characters who live and work at Carrot Ranch and now serve up something fresh every Monday at the Saddle Up Saloon. If you or your characters are interested in saddling up for a wild ride as a saloon guest, contact them via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another fun post, thanks for prompting your carroters, D and Joanne.
Yay for diversity! Lovely pome from Kid.
I tried to grow rainbow carrots once, without much success. Rainbow chard is a better bet. Can’t promise I’ll come up with 99 words on that.
You wouldn’t think it’d be hard
to grow rainbow chard
I had a colorful bunch
till a chipmunk had it for lunch
now over my plot I stand guard
Thank you Anne. As we’re pretty relaxed around here you could get away with leaving a relevant link too.
What a lot of fun. The greater diversity, the more interesting things get.
“Orange. Orange ya glad Norah come by?”
S’Norah happy? She’s dreamin’. 🙂
Very nice read 😍👍 Well done with Diversity 😉✍️ I’ve never tried rainbow carrots, I don’t think in India they sell in all varieties, for us the carrot Color is orange 😜😁
Thank you Simon, glad you enjoyed the visit from Jess and Cindy. Orange is iconic; these multi-colored ones are generally roasted. Either way it’s all good.
Thanks again. You did a great job! 👭 ❤️
Back at ya! Hope to see lots of those farmers around the Ranch’s number one saloon.
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Sumthin’ different? And not 99 words – just to hot to think.
allure to curl up
on a bookish day; either
too hot or rainy
divine alone time until
eyelids flutter; close for sleep
on the shelf color
d’versity of many themes
for all interests
Thank ya Jules!
I had a bookish day. It was indeed divine. Nothing like perusing those colorful shelves and letting the next book pick you.
Of course, there are indeed rainbow carrots growing at Carrot Ranch headquarters. We diversify and provide good soil for all growth. So happy to find Jess and Cindy made their way here. Wonder if they might find another critter to take back to New Zealand? Might I suggest a mule? Seems my muleskinner Cate has an admirer. Your prompt inspired another tale from the pioneer trail…
Olivia watched Cate wrestle her three young adoptees, in and out of the shadows cast by the campfires. Giggles carried across the cool night air. She couldn’t help but notice the way Cate moved with confidence. Later, after Olivia washed her cousin Martin’s dishes – the small price she paid to join him and his young wives headed to Utah – she walked over to Cate who sat alone, poking the fire. The children were asleep in the freight wagon. She brought a small gift, a token of hope. Seeds for rainbow carrots. Olivia wanted more in life than loveless uniformity.
Looks like you just picked up a couple new characters! Olive’s getting ready for Utah. Ready or not!
Thank you for sowing this gift of 99 words.
Diversity . . . The state of finding fissures that leak words from one’s comfort box to sprout stuff from a pen, all from the unknown. (Meaning concocted by a Dame from the Range).
A long road trip
Imagine the games
Kids of all ages
Around each corner
Up over the hills
The miles slip away
Word games prevail
Same only different
Cattle or cow
Pond or slough
Goat or kid
Laughing faces hurt
Next game starts
Find the word
Road sign looms
Diver City Limits
I really enjoy being able to stop by the Saloon whenever I like, and it’s terrific having Pal and Kid introduce us to the guests that stop by. Thanks for keeping it open 24/7. You guys rock!