A Room of Indeterminate Size

There is a room  
of indeterminate size  
with white, wide windowless walls  
of indeterminate number  

It is not a stage  
It has no openings    
It has no doors and is hung  
with no curtains  

But it is entered  
as though by the opening of a door  
or by the drawing back of a curtain
by a man dressed in black

It is entered by a man
dressed in black, leading
a procession of indeterminate length
of men who viewed individually

Can be seen to be wearing robes
of unknowable darkness, and wearing
wigs of a particular white
which leaves an undesirable impression

But who cannot be viewed individually
and when viewed as a group can
be seen only to be dressed alike
and be said only to be judges

The room is not a courtroom
which is true of every room
because this is the only room
and it is not a courtroom

But must be constructed
to be a courtroom, because
there is to be a trial
and this is the only room

The men are not woodworkers, but erect
a structure of wood, or of a wood-grained
composite of indeterminate composition
And across from this, another structure

The men are not woodworkers, but erect
first a door, and across from this, a
table of indeterminate length, at which
they sit, and from which they call the court

To order. There is to be a trial
which is not to say there is a man to be tried
but that there is a courtroom
and so there must be a trial

It is the only room
and there must be a trial
so it is constructed to be a courtroom
and the court is called to order

It is the only room
and there must be a trial
so the court is called to order
and there must be a man to be tried

It is the only room
and there must be a man to be tried
and all the men have entered the room
and there still must be a man to be tried

This is the responsibility
of the first man
not to be tried
but to produce or procure a man

To be tried. There must be a man
to be tried, and this is the responsibility
of the first man, to produce
or procure a man to be tried

Now from the depths of his robe
The first man produces or procures
An obelisk of indeterminate measure
Which cannot be said

To be seen, but when seen can be said
only to be of indeterminate dimension
or of indeterminate measure, and not
to exist in the hand of the first man

Or to originate from the pockets
of his robe, but to exist only
in a very general sense within
the white, windowless walls

Of indeterminate number which
mark the indeterminate bounds
of the room of indeterminate size
which is the only room

And into the obelisk
the first man utters
a coefficient of indeterminate
meaning, which speaks into

Life in the indeterminate
dimensions of the obelisk
a singular singularity
governed by the coefficient of indeterminate

Meaning. Meaning the beginnings
of a simulation or dream
of a universe, flowering
from a solitary number

Into the manifold expressions
of the possibilities of indeterminate
infinitude of a solitary number
which is to say an uncountable infinity

But this is not what concerns the men
but is only the routine of the obelisk
which winds through indeterminate time
the workings of its particular vision

Which is to say the particular
vision of the judges, the particular
conception of the men who
have entered the room of indeterminate size

Which is not their concern
but only the routine of the obelisk
which winds through indeterminate time
its vision of a solitary number

Flowering from singularity
through the ages of a universe
which is not the concern of the men
but only the routine of the obelisk

And this is their concern
that after indeterminate time
there occurs within the vision
of the obelisk an event

For which an individual
expression of the coefficient
of indeterminate meaning
can be prosecuted

And this is their concern
that after indeterminate time
there occurs an event
for which an individual can be prosecuted

Because this is the responsibility
of the first man, to produce or
procure a man to be tried
because there must be a trial

Because this is the only room
and it has been constructed
to be a courtroom
because there must be a trial

And so after indeterminate time
there must occur an event
for which an individual can be prosecuted
and into the obelisk

The first man will speak a name
and there will come a creaking of hinges
which have never before in indeterminate time
been turned, and across the room

Of indeterminate size, a door will be
opened, and through the door a man
will enter, naked, and shackled
hand and foot, and again,

The first man will speak a name
and the court will be called to order
but the trial will be brief
because in the obelisk there is

Perfect knowledge of the event
for which this man is to be tried
and perfect knowledge of the man
and so there will be what can

Only be called a trial
in the strictest of formalities
and what in truth should be
called a sentencing

And the man will be sentenced
which is to say the men who sit at the table
who were the first men to enter the
room of indeterminate size

Before the first man spoke the
coefficient of indeterminate meaning
and called the name of the man who was
to be tried, will speak together

A sentence, will call down upon
the man who is to be sentenced
a prescription of punishment
for the crime or crimes of 

Indeterminate number and
indeterminate severity
for which he has been tried
and which he has been called upon

To answer for, and the men who were
the first men to enter the room
which is the only room will call upon
the last man to answer, and he will begin

"I was brought into this world in shackles"
but this is not the concern of the men
who were the first men, and they
will bring down their sentence upon him

And the last man will be torn limb
from limb, and the first men who were the
first to enter the room will eat his flesh
and the first man, who spoke the coefficient

Of indeterminate meaning, and who
called the name of the man who was to be tried
will eat the heart of the last man
and the men will be satisfied

who were the first men to enter the room
which was constructed to be a courtroom
because there was to be a trial
and the men will be satisfied

who built the door, and built
the table, and produced or procured
the obelisk, and spoke the coefficient
and called the name

And the men will be satisfied
and the door will be torn down
and the table will be torn down
and the men will leave the room

And the room will be empty