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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 13, Number 1, March 2019
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Mary Myers
Tucson, Arizona, USA


The Definition of Anything

"Garnet?" The bookstore clerk handling my purchase was referring to the deep red color I wear on my fingernails. I tell her it doesn't come with a name, just a number, but garnet sounds good.

I've been keeping regular appointments with my manicurist to boost my self-esteem ever since my husband said those dreaded words, "She didn't mean anything to me." It's peculiar how we can perceive a word differently. I've had my dictionary open for thirty years. Now I'm jaded and less ready to believe the definition of anything said. I turn to walk out with an assortment of realistic fiction.

garnet red fingernails
with a perfect shape
yet, still false

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