Description of a Baby

By Peter Darcy | On Jun 20, 2016 | No Comments | In Beauty

“His eyes are so beautiful,” said the nurse who passed him into his mother’s arms.

The boy was beautiful in every regard, his face smoother than that of most newborns, as if he had come into the world with a sense of peace about the life ahead of him in this turbulent place; and perhaps he had arrived with unusual wisdom, too, because his features were better defined than those of other babies, as though already shaped by knowledge and experience. He had a full head of hair as thick and sable-brown as Joey’s.

His eyes, as Maria told Agnes in the middle of the night and as the nurse just confirmed, were exceptionally beautiful. Unlike most human eyes, which are of a single color with striations in a darker shade, each of Bartholomew’s contained two distinct colors – green like his mother’s, blue like his father’s – and the pattern of striations was formed by the alternation of these two dazzling pigments within each orb. Jewels, they were, magnificent and clear and radiant.

Bartholomew’s gaze was mesmerizing, and as Agnes met his warm and constant stare, she was filled with wonder. And with a sense of mystery.

[Dean Koontz, From the Corner of His Eye (Bantam Books: New York, NY, 2012), p. 116.]

Written by Peter Darcy

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