The Great Figure

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The Great Figure
by William Carlos Williams
Published in Sour Grapes (1921), it inspired a painting by Charles Demuth

Among the rain

and lights

I saw the figure 5

in gold

on a red

firetruck

moving

tense

unheeded

to gong clangs

siren howls

and wheels rumbling

through the dark city

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