Once upon a time there was a time when there was no one but God.

There was a King who had three sons, two of them were dead and the third didn't exist; he also had three treasure-houses, two of them were empty and the third had no door. In the Treasury that had no door there were three bows and arrows, two of them were broken and the third had no string; there were also three knives, two of which were broken and the third had no blade. In the stable there were three horses, two of them were dead and the third had given up the ghost; there were also three sets of saddles and bridles, two of them had rotted away and of the third there was no trace.

The King's Son who didn't exist went into the Treasury without a door and carried off the bow and arrow without a string and the knife without a blade. Then he went into the stable and saddled the horse who had given up the ghost with the saddle and bridle of which there was no trace. He mounted and rode off to hunt.

As he rode he came upon three deer, two of whom were dead and the third was lifeless. He shot with the stringless bow and arrow at the lifeless deer, and cut off its head with the bladeless knife and tied it on the back of the horse who had given up the ghost. Then he proceeded on his way till he came to a ruin with three rooms in it; two of them had fallen down and the third had no roof. He went into the roofless room and saw that there were three cooking pots there, two of them had no sides and the third had no bottom.

He cut up the deer with the bladeless knife and put it into the pot that had no bottom, and lit a fire under it till the bones were burnt, but the meat hadn't even heard news of the fire. Then he ate till he was very thirsty of the meat that had had no news of the fire.

He mounted the horse who had given up the ghost and rode till he reached three streams of water; two of them were dry and the third hadn't a drop in it. He stooped over the stream that hadn't a drop in it and drank and drank till he lost his head.

And now my story has come to an end, but the sparrow never got home.