Poetry Corner: Corporations

The ongoing discussion of the “personhood” of corporations reminds me of a sonnet by my favorite poet (who also was a Harvard Law grad):


The Oklahoma Ligno and Lithograph Co

Of Maine doing business in Delaware Tennessee

Missouri Montana Ohio and Idaho

With a corporate existence distinct from that of the

Secretary Treasurer President Directors or

Majority stockholder being empowered to acquire

As principal agent trustee licensee licensor

Any or all in part or in parts or entire

Etchings impressions engravings engravures prints

Paintings oil-paintings canvases portraits vignettes

Tableaux ceramics relievos insculptures tints

Art-treasures or masterpieces complete or in sets

The Oklahoma Ligno and Lithograph Co

Weeps at a nude by Michael Angelo.

Meanwhile some of my lefty facebook friends have posted the following, which they see as witty — I suspect they’re half-right: “I refuse to believe corporations are people until Texas executes one.” Yeah, I’m sure that slays ’em in the faculty lounge. However, while it isn’t Texas, CNN conveniently provides us with a number of businesses being pressed to death by regulation.

I, meanwhile, am off to spend some money in Real City. Catch you later!

About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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