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  • by Janet St. John

Art & Soul Short #48

I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold. Charles Demuth (American, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 1883–1935 Lancaster, Pennsylvania). 1928. Oil, graphite, ink, and gold leaf on paperboard (Upson board)

35 1/2 x 30 in. (90.2 x 76.2 cm). Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949. On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 902. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art open access.

Figure 5

As the multi-colored twinkle

of tree lights receded

and hazy winter sun

warmed day to spring

I saw the figure 5

on a calendar

for the new year

with its wishful

wanting to be

less capricious

than the one we drank

and sang away.

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