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

Volume 13, Number 1, March 2019

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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