“Equality,” A Flash Fiction Memory

Carrot Ranch writing challenge

January 18, 2018, Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes boots. Whose boots are they, where do they go and what is their significance? Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by January 23, 2018, to be included in the compilation (published January 24). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!


Colleen AF 1976

Colleen, July 1976, Airman Basic, USAF

The sound was faint, but it was definitely there. The rhythmic stomp of combat boots echoed in my memory transporting me back to basic training in July of 1976. I had wanted to prove that I could do anything that a man could. I achieved it, but things still didn’t change for women.

Forty-two years later, our hats are pink, and our boots come in many colors, but our dreams remain the same. Today, the sound of many boots marching gives me hope. We need equal pay for equal work and no sexual discrimination. Some dreams just never die.


Image credit: USA Today.com

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About Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry

Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on wordcraftpoetry.com. Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at carrotranch.com. Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com.
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  1. Great flash fiction and very topical. Thanks, Colleen. And yes. We must keep marching on.

  2. Our time is coming! I can feel it. Lovely flash, darling!

  3. Here’s to our dreams coming true

  4. Love this Colleen! And your photo!!

  5. From combat boots to combat boots. Well done, and how… reprehensible, really, that the same battles continue.

    • My exact thoughts. I thought we women would do it back then. Not so. Men in power have always held their finger on our wages, our health, our choices. I only hope it gets better for my grandchildren. <3

  6. Reblogged this on Becoming is Superior to Being and commented:
    One of my favorite bloggers and this one cause a need to reblog.

  7. Splendid, Colleen. A great take on the prompt.
    At the march we were talking about how we were still fighting the same battles. Inspiring and tiring.
    Boots made me think of “These boots are made for walking. . .” 🙂

  8. Wonderful flash piece, Colleen. Some dreams never die, and I think we’re getting closer. The images you chose were perfect. 😀

  9. Hurrah! Thus goes the battle cry to create a better future.

  10. Love, love this Sis! And love the shot of you and R, looks like out of a an old black and white movie 🙂 <3

  11. Excellent and timely!

  12. Almost there Colleen…I can see that light beckoning us. 🙂

  13. How fantastic, Colleen, I would never have guessed you had been in the army.

    • LOL. I served four years in the Air Force. I was in admin, first serving in the Chaplain Corp, and then later working for squadron commanders. My husband served 24 years and retired. The military still takes care of my health care. You never really leave. It’s a way of life. ❤️

  14. Great post, Colleen! 😉👍

  15. If you don’t dream it, it’ll never become a reality.

  16. Well said Colleen. 🌼

  17. Oh I love this Colleen and am with you all the way. The photo is great too! 💖💖💖

  18. Reblogged this on strangegoingsonintheshed and commented:
    Colleen’s stand on equality, and what rousing words they are!

  19. I love the way you bring this up to date -even last weekend.

    • Thanks, Viva. My military years seem a lifetime ago. When I saw the women’s march this weekend I knew I would have to add my two cents. LOL! Let’s hope we women finally reach our goals. <3

  20. Love the photo, Colleen! Your boots ring loud and clear across time.

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  22. Michael B. Fishman

    The sound of those boots marching gives me hope as well and I hope those dreams never die. I really liked this piece and hopefully the next generation won’t have to wait 42 years. Or even 42 months.

  23. One day it will be reality not a dream thanks to all the boots that are walking.

  24. I thank God I am born in the generation where people talk on issues that affects humanity.

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