Up in the middle of the night and what to do? Compose a poem paying tribute to the demise of Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Commission.
Oi Antonin, My Antonin!
Oi Antonin! my Antonin! That beach from hell recede;
Upon a Riviera, where meet a most red hued cervix adorned breed
As sand replanted, an Accretion imparted—but by law, the avulsion
there legally be.
The owners of littoral rights do decry;
Here Antonin! dear Antonin!
Our land was taken, the law forsaken!
And the State Court Decides
The high tide line, lie cold and dead.
Oi Antonin, Lucas’ raison de’tat can’t amass,
Who decides what makes a place – deference to economic loss is also a moral morass
No, a Rancher from the Lazy B once said, refuting dear Lucas’s mar
Takings with harm do not arise arise!
Whether total, partial or any compromise,
But when legislative acts for morals protect
The public from acts dereft
And Lucas, may lie Fallen, cold and dead.
Oi Antonin, My Antonin,
The Lucas zenith nearly finished
But remember! Remember Oh Antonin, the once strong Lucas mast;
Total Economic Loss
Titled interests caveated dross,
Now upon the imported sand, your Lucas
Lies, fallen cold and nearly dead.