seeing the same world
from different angles
Written on September 12, 2009 Alice used the Latin expression "duo pisces" for "two fish". This illustration is adapted from a watercolor painting Alice made in 1964. She painted the original with one fish facing to the left. For this illustration I digitized the original and flipped it horizontally to create a second fish facing in the opposite direction.
***Notes by Roman: In the past few years Alice has been writing a Haiku for our anniversary and also for my birthday. Following her surgery in 2008 she was in critical condition and unable to do anything. In the course of the past year I encouraged her to write Haiku but I had no success. Surprisingly, on my 80th birthday, she wrote this one for me. This Haiku and her 1964 watercolor painting of the fish are two of my great treasures. By writing this Haiku Alice revealed that she experienced a vibrant inner life underneath the mask of a global cognitive impairment labeled "encephalopathy". Her impairment made it difficult for her to speak or write easily. With an impaired attention span she labored with simple tasks. Writing this Haiku she must have struggled with each word and each pen stroke.. But she achieved it! Reading it easily brings tears knowing the profound truth of what she wrote. Yes, we are Two Fish "seeing the same world from different angles, often."