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DC: The Mall, The Capitol

"What did you see in Washington DC?"
"The sidewalk in sun and shade."
A silly answer. But why are we
looking at this painting?

"What a fine autumn day! we say,
noting bright sky, fiery trees,
capitol dome floating to the top
as light as rich cream, but not

at our feet a sea of purple-streaked
sun-molten gold flaring to platinum.

Sidewalks are supposed to take us
somewhere else (to corridors of power,
hovering afar like a meringue mirage,
realms of gold, peaks in Darien...)

If we found realms of gold and amethyst
at our feet, why would we want to go
anywhere else?
Dean Blehert

Last Updated: October 6, 2002

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