The Stepwise Palace - a FSVO sequence
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A simple chamber, fresh with morning AIR,
A cheery FIRE burning in its grate.
Of EARTHEN flags the floor, well-swept and bare,
A table set with WATER, food and plate.
Ancient books that all the PAST relate
Or foreshadow the FUTURE yet to come,
Strange instruments to scry the HEAVENS’ state
Or the intestine DEPTHS of matter plumb:
All elements meet here, in equilibrium.