The Corner

Life Imitates Verse

Item from America’s Newspaper of Record this ayem:

“Florida state legislators don’t agree with poet Joyce Kilmer’s famous line: “I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree.”

“They think billboards are even lovelier — and have passed a bill barring local beautification activists from planting trees that might obstruct motorists’ views of the 20,000 massive signs that line state roads.

“The law was passed at the behest of the outdoor advertising industry.”

[Derb]  Perhaps the Florida legislators are not aware of Ogden Nash’s updating of Kilmer:

I think that I shall never see

A billboard lovely as a tree;

Indeed, unless the billboards fall

I’ll never see a tree at all.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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