As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

Somethings Fishy (1) -A Peep in the Deep

There are two very important people in my life whose birthdays are in March. As you may know, the symbol of Pisces is the fish. So, I thought it would be nice to do a series of posts about fishes during the month of March. So from today, March 12th until Saturday the 17th, I will be sharing with you “Somethings Fishy”, a little tribute to my Dad – Gerry and my sister Edna – here’s to you, my dear Pisceans!

About Pisces(astrology)

Pisces (♓) is the twelfth astrological sign in the Zodiac, which started from the Pisces constellation. It is also considered a water sign and one of the four mutable signs. Being the twelfth sign, Pisces is associated with the astrological twelfth house. Individuals born when the Sun was in this sign are considered Pisceans. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun is in Pisces roughly from February 19 to March 20, ending on the moment of vernal equinox by definition.(Source:Wikipedia)


According to one Greek myth, Pisces represents the fish into which Aphrodite and her son Eros transformed in order to escape the monster Typhon; they are tied together with a cord on their mouth to make sure they do not lose one another. Alternatively, the twin fish were placed in the heavens in honor of their heroic deed of saving Aphrodite and Eros from Typhon on the river Euphrates. Another myth of Pisces is that it represents the Sea Monster that Perseus defeated in Ethiopia to save the Princess Andromeda, and that Zeus was so pleased with his son’s feat that he placed the monster’s skeleton in the sky as a reminder of this heroic deed.(Source: Wikipedia)

“In The Deep”
painted clay bas relief
by Paulina Constancia
Mexico 1999

“A Peep in the Deep”
Today I  share with you an artwork and a poem that I made about fishes. The artwork was one of my creations during a creative self-exile in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in 1999. I built the relief on a slab of clay and after the first firing, this piece was raku-glazed and fired again. However, I wasn’t happy with the result, so I enhanced the color using acrylic paint and oil pastels and then sprayed the piece with a clear gloss lacquer.

Fishes, fishes
in my opinion
they’re not only dishes.

A mind, a life of their own,
even little ones-
everyone’s a warrior
in disguise.

If summoned to battle
you never know
what you’re up against.
A sting, a shock, a prick.
Some just bluff
that they’re tough.
Survival’s really not 
a matter of size.

This I learned 
from a peep in the deep.

“In The Deep” (1999)
a poem by Paulina Constancia
from her first book of poetry
“Brazos Abiertos/Open Arms”

2 comments on “Somethings Fishy (1) -A Peep in the Deep

  1. Bas
    March 12, 2012

    This poem always accompanies me whenever I go scuba diving. I really like this poem! I'm happy your fishy words stick and I remember them every time I dive in. Thank you, your peep!

  2. Paulina Constancia
    March 27, 2012

    Hello Bas! Happy to hear that this poem is a constant companion to you when diving. Just remember, it's no substitute for a 'diving buddy' hahahaha

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