Earthworms’ Castings: On Peers Prairie

Peers Prairie

By Jean Ponzi

Golden Yellow 

Lavish Greens

Birdie warbles, twitters, trills

Breeze lilt, rattle and whoosh

Solar canopy

Cumulus piles

July Sunday afternoon heat

Ripples the vast blue dome view.

Rare treat now for human eyes:

Vista that all hues of our species

Took for granted, loved and fought,

Over ages under Nature’s rule.



bee balm,

Sturdy as tomato stakes.



 brush my chest.

Grasses I cannot name

Poke and whisk and flip out seeds.

I count twenty different species blooming!

Skippers! Monarchs! Bumblebees!

Sonic distance:

String tune pickin’ 

Trail cyclists whizzing

Thunder in the blackening West

Some came today for old time music

On a white wooden porch.

I came to 


 this Prairie 

Soaking Sound, Smells, Sunshine

Leaf tickles

Insects lighting

(Improbably, no chigger bites!)

Slow steps on a narrow path

Pause, Stand, Turning: Earth-Slow

Sensing from all directions


Store, porch, plant place

For Birds!

For Insects!

For the camera guy, drone-flying!

On this Prairie day, for me.

The 4-acre Peers Prairie lies between the Peers Store and the Katy Trail. A 2016 collaboration with Missouri State Parks and the non-profit Magnificent Missouri planted native wildflowers and grasses on this trailside property, rooting biodiversity in pollinator habitat and beauty for all of us on the Trail. Big thanks to Dan and Connie Burkhardt and the restoration experts of DJM Ecological for growing this exquisite place. Come out any weekend for live music and local art, on the Katy Trail near Marthasville MO.

Jean Ponzi converses eco-logically with fellow humans on her Earthworms podcast, from KDHX St. Louis Independent Media.