The people in the elevator all Face front, they all keep still, they all Look up with the rapt and stupid look of saints In paintings at the numbers that light up By turn and turn to tell them where they are. They are doing the dance, they are playing the game.
To get here they have gone by avenue And street, by ordinate and abscissa, and now By this new coordinate, up. They are three- dimensional characters, taken from real life; They have their fates, whether to rise or fall, And when their numbers come up they get out.
Please note: St James the Great, painting by Guido Reni, 1621