This is the house the South built.
This is the mouse that gnawed at the house
The South built. This is the cat
That clawed the mouse that gnawed the house the South
Built. This is the stick, this the fire,
This the water, and this the man
Who went to the city and would not die
In the house the South built. Beyond
Nonsense and sentiment its elemental ruins
Lie interchangeably. Dear ladies of clichés
(Les dames aux magnoliers), choice gallants
Of the inflexible code and the flexible wrist,
Made an edifice of grace, great porticos
Of charm, faulty pediments of honor:
Perpetrated the architecture of paranoia.
But Jeannie was dishonored by a Yankee zephyr,
And Dinah Lou became a movie star.