Earthworms’ Castings

By Jean Ponzi


Resolvo Verde


Father Time has turned his page
The calendar is clean

Now resolute upon Life’s stage
I vow to grow more Green!


To set direction yearly

I must do a self-assessment

So I can focus clearly

And sustainably on yes-ment


Let’s see, in terms of daily stuff

What habits can I tweak?

I always wash my clothes in cold,

My windows do not leak.


The only cup o’ joe I’ll drink

Is shade-grown and fair trade

And my home décor is second-hand,

Except for what’s hand-made.


These deeds are good, and Green indeed

But what’s the big resolve I’ve missed?

Some hefty challenge I must meet . . .

I’ll check again my Green Girl list:


I plug devices into strips

To exorcise their phantom power;

Aerated pressure sprays me

In my water-saving shower.


Basic baking soda keeps

My sinks and toilet spiffy.

I deeply breathe to get control

When feeling stressed or miffy.


Birds populate my native shrubs,

My laundry flaps in clothesline breezes;

Plant matter dominates my diet

Plus, of course, selected cheeses.



I need my car because one hip

Has stiffened up awry –

But then again I make no trip

If I would have to fly.


I run the lights and furnace low

I do not use A.C!

And when it’s time for me to go

My friends will shovel worms on me.


I will state with full conviction

That this living Green feels okey-dokel

Yet there is something I must do,

More than spend my dollars local . . .


It’s New Years! Time for firm resolve,

For growing, changing, stretching.

It’s time to brace up, to evolve

And pull the plug on kvetching.


Aha! Yes! I remember

What I need to practice: it’s to be

More tolerant of humans

Who are not as Green as me.


Jean Ponzi holds forth Greenly around our town on Earthworms, the KDHX environmental talk show, at  www.ecolifeSTL.com, and for the EarthWays Center of Missouri Botanical Garden.