Works in the Herald 1931
POSTERS AND POLITICIANS
Ignoring the aesthetic aspect of the question, the Hogan Government proposes to withdraw from the Country Roads Board
the right to prohibit hoardings along the highways.
Search as I will, I cannot find
A politician with a mind
Disposed to the aesthetic,
Who can detect in ugliness
Grave cause for national distress,
Or, in a vein prophetic,
Perceive a race foredoomed to die
Whose countryside offends the eye.
A sight that wakes a poet's ire,
Or strikes a spark of furious fire
From painter or musician,
Gives to the maker of our laws
No least uneasiness, because
He is a politician;
And, being such, nought else can see
Save virtue in publicity.
For him advertisement's the breath
Of life, and lack of it is death.
Therefore, he loves a hoarding.
He is a hoarding, plastered o'er
With slogans and catch-cries galore,
His excellence recording.
Mere beauty by the highway's brim
Is just a slab of earth to him.
Why should we wonder then to see
This singular affinity?
Poster and politician
Shouting self-praise throughout the land,
Go down the ages hand in hand
In fit juxtaposition.
For ever blatant where should be
Peace, beauty and tranquility.
Herald, 20 March 1931, p4