Here is one of numerous(!!!) "italicized" poles throughout the area where I live (Whatcom County, Washington State). Seriously, they are all over the place here! I'd photograph more and upload them but there are just way too many!
Down here with the Texas tidal plane clay soil, the county flood control district is constantly cleaning out the drainage ditches along the road... this involves removing a good amount of dirt. Then, over the years, as the surrounding dirt slowly migrates back into the ditch, the poles alongside begin leaning in to the ditch. And I mean leaning. Some of them are darned scary!