Carrot Ranch…A Yellow Tent

For All In Tents and Purposes (A Carrot Ranch 99-word Flash Fiction)

The truck pulled up and parked on the side of the road. The two men climbed out of the truck. Arrayed in green shirts, khaki pants, boots, and a utility belt to rival Batman’s, they attached their belts and shimmied up the telephone pole.

With the sky looking overcast, the men put up a little safety yellow tent on the telephone line. Looking more like a tiny house than a typical pup tent, it hung there fifty feet above the street. It sheltered the two men as they worked furiously to fix the phone lines before the storm hit.

See more 99-word (no more, no less) flash fictions at This week’s prompt is a yellow tent. Join the fun and let the muse plants seeds of imagination.





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A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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8 Responses to Carrot Ranch…A Yellow Tent

  1. Jules says:

    I think I’ve seen those. Nice variation on the Tent theme!

    My piece was fiction… but a camper I am not. Did enough when I was a teen with having to go every summer weekend – So I’ve been there done that and don’t want the t-shirt. 🙂


    • Thanks, JP, for reading it. I wanted to do something different than the camping thing. Like you, been there, done that, and prefer a clean motel with a comfortable bed. I have to say, though, that I never saw one in yellow, safety or otherwise. Mostly off-white. Because my dad worked for the phone company, I knew about those tents and the differences in utility poles. I don’t know if my sisters paid much attention to his “lectures” on telephone lines, etc, but I did. The prompt got me to thinking and I may have another ‘Annie’ story brewing. I need about 3 or 4 more of them to put together a tween book of them (maybe?). ~nan

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  2. Love it! I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of those tents. What a marvelous description of working against time and elements!

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    • Easy to miss as they generally are gray-white canvas, not safety yellow, and are about three feet square. They kind of hang suspended over the lines. Sometimes, they would be hanging up there for several days if the project took time to complete. I must admit I haven’t noticed any for years. That doesn’t mean they aren’t used any more, just that I haven’t seen them. They always fascinated me because to work in that small of space, well…

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  3. Charli Mills says:

    A great scene captured from rural life, the ongoing struggle to keep lines connected despite the weather.

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