The stage was filled with forkedtails and roundtails. The loudest of them grabbed a microphone and said, “We need to rid our country of squaretails. They are a danger to us all. I suggest a thorough cleansing that would include deporting, jailing, and execution of the most dangerous.”

The audience applauded and cheered.

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Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

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  1. Context is everything. Waxing eloquent about squaretails futilely attempting an existence along with other tailed creatures seems, to me, to be a great definition of unreality. Margaret Atchison could do it. Her genre is dysfunctional future fiction so it’d be appropriate. For all the rest of us to be concerned about the importance of tails reminds me of the story of the six blind men attempting to define an elephant from his singular context: tusks, trunk, torso, tail with its little fringe, legs, ears. All are parts. None is the whole. Therefore the definition describes only something unreal. Squaretails, forkedtails, roundtails, and any other kind of ____tail simply don’t exist without the rest of their parts enlivened by spirit. Engage in fantasy is great if you realize that it IS fantasy. Otherwise it sinks to the level of ridiculous.

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