Take a brick; suspend it on its ownsome in the air.
Add another at its side, so that you have a pair.
Add more bricks, and further bricks and more bricks still, and then
Add another row atop, and more atop again.
Keep adding rows until you reach the height that you desire,
Then add more walls, some window-glass, a chimney for a fire.
Build in some strong and sturdy beams to hold up all the floors
And make a roof of tile and lead (or thatch—the choice is yours).
Paper it and paint it in wondrous rainbow'd hues.
Carpet it in shag-pile, of green and red and blue.
Furnish it in luxury. Only buy the best!
Sofas, armchairs, king-sized beds, on which to take your rest.
Then carefully hang curtains round the bottoms of the walls
And believe with all your heart and soul your house can never fall.
Let no one look behind those drapes which, under your creation,
Disguise the empty chasm you pretend is firm foundation.
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