Earthworms’ Castings: Nature o’ Change

By Jean Ponzi

My Gramma had a tailored suit

(worsted, subtle opal luster)

she sewed for herself

and wore in spring:

her Sky-Blue Pink

with the Heavenly Border.

Inherited, I clothe myself

in ideation, in perspective,

in the fun of turn of phrase,

to stand out on the little porch

(hand-built with my beloved)

up in the arms of our

Queen o’ Trees.

Saucer Magnolia.

Roseate, radiant!

Early-spring beauty

each year risking

rush into blossom,

meeting those first few

teasing warm days.

Thank you for holding back

this time ‘round,

scant time enough to miss

one short freeze.

Others o’ your kind,

along streets I travel,

opened without hesitation.

One day, briefly glorious!

Then their buds, nipped,

drooped and browned.

Half a moon later you,

Oh Queen,

persist in glowing!

Cream-pink splendour!

I witnessed you in

one bright moment:

storm massing,

branches shivered.

Dancing with a Zephyr gust!

Wild breath sent a hail

sumptuous curls sailing.

Blush blizzard –


Pelting our home-place


Sycamore Sentinel.

Two trees in sight

but ever distant

touch in a petal torrent.

Holding them still is a broad tufted path

moonlight ovals, fading into violets.

Who names her suits?

Who stories trees?

Who plays herself

through Nature changes?

Jean Ponzi is a longtime local voice for Earth, contributing to The Healthy Planet since one issue after the magazine’s founding. This year Green Jean is studying Nature o’ Change, sharing for Earth Day her first-third report.