A dream, not a dream.
Tailless, tail-less. Puzzled? Makes
Quite the parable.
What am I referring to?
There are a few cryptic-clue style indicators that I'm sure many of you have latched onto. The question is, what set of letters are they indicating? Pretty much the entire puzzle goes in order, so if you find yourself jumping around to try to solve it, you've strayed from the path.
The answer you seek is a single, eight-letter word.
Cryptic clue, cryptic clue. Then,
It's a synonym.