Stairway to the Stars
--Ron Padgett 
"And then there were three
whereas before there had been four
or two 
And then there were four or two."
Thus spake the King.
No one dared ask what it meant. 
He seemed satisfied by the beauty
of the logic that had arrived,
the royal hall now lightly radiant 
as he arose from his throne
and the world fell away,
courtiers, battlements, and clouds, 
and he rose like a piece of paper
on which his effigy had been traced
in dotted lines whose dots came loose 
and flew away to a place in history
where nothing mattered.
And then there was one.

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