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Kindergarten Leaves

by Jim Sweet

That pile of leaves across the street

They hibernated under snow all winter

Now they have been raked across the yard

Spring Clean-Up

Waiting on the side of the road

The longer grasses and sticks poke out of the pile

Are they trying to get out Or back into the warmth of the pile

Like climbing back under the covers

On a January morning

Stray leaves peel off in the wind

And tumble down the street

Like the kindergartener who can't stay in line

The leaves and the kid looking for a different adventure

They are the ones who will not feel cornered

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