Do not even begin with zero (a mathematical fable)
“Nothing,” called Not-yet-one.
But the source of the encounter was unclear.
So Not-yet-one resumed movement.
Then Not-yet-one had a second encounter, and separated for a second time.
“Nothing!” cried Not-yet-one.
The source of this encounter was also unclear.
By the time of the third encounter, Not-yet-one was ready.
“NOTHING!!!” he screamed.
So he laughed, and in that moment recounted his past, becoming One.
One was powerful because once he stood alone, originary, capable of infinite derivation.
He was only beginning to discover his potential.
But he would forever remain uncertain, for in the severest joy of his existence he had forgotten himself.