The Scent of a Woman I Once Loved
“Acrid: Unpleasantly sharp, pungent, or bitter to the taste or smell. Caustic in language or tone.”
I once told her that her scent was ineffably sweet with a trace of almonds and just a hint, a trace, an echo; perhaps the merest shadow of something acrid, the merest drop in the deepest sea yet still a foreboding, seemingly something I’d once sensed. She wasn’t thrilled by my description, although she didn’t really know what acrid meant.
Perhaps pungent would have been a better choice, or was my choice of words a premonition of bitter choices yet to come.
© Guillermo Calvo Mahé; Manizales, 2013; all rights reserved