Verse in Opinion I

More verse in opinions please:

We thought that we would never see

A suit to compensate a tree.

A suit whose claim in tort is prest

Upon a mangled tree’s behest;

A tree whose battered trunk was prest

Against a Chevy’s crumpled crest;

A tree that faces each new day

With bark and limb in disarray;

A tree that may forever bear

A lasting need for tender care.

Flora lovers though we three,

We must uphold the court’s decree.

Fisher v. Lowe, 333 NW 2d 67 (1983).

—Update—

This is apparently a parody of Joyce Kilmer’s poem, “Trees.”

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