"Among the rain⁣⁣
and lights⁣⁣
I saw the figure 5⁣⁣
in gold⁣⁣
on a red⁣⁣
to gong clangs⁣⁣
siren howls⁣⁣
and wheels rumbling⁣⁣
through the dark city"⁣⁣

— William Carlos Williams Three golden number 5's seem to expand from the center of an
Written in 1920, this poem and its imagery of a New York City fire engine rushing down the street inspired this 1928 painting by artist #CharlesDemuth, who considered it an abstract portrait of #WilliamCarlosWilliams, a close friend.
Today on the 19th anniversary of #September11, Demuth's painting and Williams' poem provide an unexpected moment of reflection and an acknowledgment of the modern members of Ladder Company 5, who were among the first responders to the tragic events of the day.⁣⁣
In an exceedingly challenging year for New York City and the world, this work brings renewed meaning to today—and we're reminded of the resilience and sacrifice of those who protect us in our darkest moments.

We love you, New York.⁣

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