A Tail to Tell

A tale is born from an image, and the image extends and creates a network of meanings that are always equivocal.

Italo Calvino

I
Am
Not
To
Blame
And
Will
Not
Be
Shamed
I
Swore
That
I
Would
And
I
Had
Not
For-
Got-
Ten
But
I
Knew
It
Bad
From
The
Far
Off
Smell
Of
Some-
Thing
Rot-
Ten
To
Feed
A
Fish
Is
All
Well
And
Good
But
A
Whole
Can
Of
Dog
Food
Is
More
Than
You
Should
Truth
Be
Told
I
May
Have
Been
A
Bit
Bold
But
I
Thought
If
He
Just
Ate
The
Meal
He
Might
In
Some
Way
Feel
More
Like
A
Dog
Then
At
Long
Last
He
Could
Break
Free
From
His
Caste
And
With
That
Put
An
End
To
That
Darned
Cat


Tall tales are believed to have originated in the 1800s when frontiersmen in the United States would gather around the fire and tell stories, bragging about the adventures they have had.
The name, 'Tall Tale,' is said to come from the fact that the heroes in the story are larger than life, just like the story itself.

The tail:

Single syllable lines
Words may be broken, only if the syllable is a word.
Loose rhyme is expected.
The poem must convey a tale, tall if possible.


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