An impossible task.
She is unaccountable, and numbers slide off her like rain. No number catches her quick grin, the high-beam flash of her eyes, the leap of her mind, the grace of her hand in flight in table talk, the elegance of her neck beneath her gathered hair, the sharp whip-crack of her anger, the calm jumble of her limbs when she is asleep on a summer night, her hair cascading, the buoy bell silvering in the night, a sea breeze sifting through the screen door.
Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, in Oregon. His essays and poems have appeared in The American Scholar, Commonweal, Manoa, Orion and Yankee, among other journals and he and his father Jim Doyle are the authors of Two Voices, a collection of their essays, and Brian Doyle has a second book of essays, Credo, forthcoming from St. Mary's Press in Minnesota.
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