My love took exception to something I published yesterday. That was the suggestion that Michigan was quirky in calling its Department of Motor Vehicles offices “Secretary of State Offices”. I want to reiterate that I don’t mind Michigan having a quirky name for an office like this. I’m glad they have. My love argues, correctly, that licensing motor vehicles is a function of the Michigan Department of State. And that’s fine. I answered that the name “Secretary of State Office” is quirky, because it implies that people could conduct other, non-motor-vehicle, Department of State business there. You know, like … um … certifying official copies of bilateral income tax reciprocity agreements to be accurate and true, or peering at the Great Seal of Michigan. And we can’t do that, as far as we know. (We never asked them.) Then my love asked if, back in New Jersey, the Motor Vehicle Commission regulates boats. I think it does but I don’t really know. So overall you see why everyone says we’re just the most adorable couple. Anyway I don’t want to suggest that it’s a wrong or bad name. Just that I think it implies a broader scope for work that can be done there than they mean. Maybe. Remind me next year to see if I can do something about notary public registration at the Secretary of State’s.
[ Please let me draw another bit of verse from Franklin P Adams and the Tobogganing on Parnassus collection. ]
( * * * I do not believe a single modern English
poet is living to-day on the current proceeds of his
verse. — From “Literary Taste and How to Form it,”
by Arnold Bennett.)
What time I pen the Mighty Line
Suffusëd with the spark divine
As who should say: “By George! That’s fine!”
Indignantly do I deny
The words of Arnold Bennett. Why,
Is this not English verse? say I.
And by the proceeds of that verse —
Such as, e.g., these little terc-
Ets — is not filled the family purse?
Do we not live on what I sell,
Sonnet, ballade, and villanelle?
* * *
“We do,” She says, “and none too well.”