For a lighthearted weekend fair, we reproduce in full the 1983 opinion of Judge Gillis of the Michigan Court of Appeals, in which he considered the trial court’s dismissal of a case brought against a motorist who had damaged an oak tree on the plaintiff’s property.
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.
Well said, Your Honor.