It's cheaper to build and lasts a lot longer
Than all other systems both sewer and septic.
It doesn't waste water, it doesn't need plumbing
Or T. W. Crapper's white porcelain cavity
Gurgling noisily all through the night.
It's only requirement of energy-gravity.
A sprinkle of lime keeps it clean
Safe and odor-free. All it produces is-
Please - someone stressed -
Compost, the banker's wife added
And time for our Thoreau and Edgar A. Guest.
And the Sears Catalogue and Reader’s Digest.
Outside of its not being inside the house
He concluded wistfully, Indeed
There is no invention of man that more quietly
Wastelessly answered his need.
What of the discharge of washer, dispose-all
Dishwasher, sink, tub and shower?
The banker explained to the sputtering Board
They would have no machines that waste power.
With home-made lye soap he and his wife
Would wash things and themselves by hand.
And run the waste to a specially-dug pit
Filled with gravel, charcoal and fine sand.
With a pipe at the bottom attached to a sump
They'd reuse the water by cranking the pump.