Portraits from Life: A–*

Note: All “Portraits from Life”, including this one, are most definitely based on real persons (mostly living); and any resemblance to any fictional characters, existing in books, movies, TV shows, poems, plays, radio stories, or elsewhere, is entirely coincidental. It is and was not the author’s intent to describe any fictional people, and should not be taken as such.
J. Carlsee, Editor.

She has bright, dark-brown eyes, like polished wood with the luster of a gem**; a smooth, round, oval face; a hooked nose; and light-bronze skin. Her hair is the same color as her eyes, and is often braided, or vacillating between waviness or straightness. Her hands are slim, and her fingernails are often painted; her dresses are common but pretty, and she also wears jeans, and boots, though preferring to run barefoot in the grass. She is gay and playful, and has a wry sense of humor. Once, having made mashed potatoes, I expressed my anxiety that they would be cold; and, being within earshot, she syllogized that nobody could complain if nobody knew who made them. Later, as I was eating, she strode up to me, pointed to her plate, and said, “Jayson! These potatoes are cold!” She is (supposedly) an excellent cook, and is also talented in the literary arts, handwriting notes for birthdays and other occasions. There is something naiadlike*** about her. Her hair ripples down her back like a waterfall, and her smile dimples her face like a pebble in a stream. She chatters as casually as flowing water, and her laughter is like light glistening upon it. Her movements are fluid, and she flows, not runs, through fields and hills. She is lissom****, sprightly, carefree, winsome, and as genial as a brook in Spring.

*Names have been changed to protect the innocent (and the guilty). J. Carlsee, Editor.
**I’m worried that the analogies are confused, but it sounds pretty, so who cares. J. Carlsee, Editor.
***I’m not sure this is a real word, but I left it in because I couldn’t find a synonym. J. Carlsee, Editor.
****This is a real word, though. J. Carlsee, Editor.

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