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Walking home from work, one windy autumn eve
I noticed some workmen sweeping up leaves,
The more leaves they swept, the more the wind blew
So I stopped to watch for a moment or two

One man swept the leaves into piles on the street
But the wind would sweep them from under his feet,
Another put the leaves into sacks that he had
I thought the whole scene was comically sad

Mother Nature had worked hard, for most of the year
Producing the leaves on the trees for us to share
Now they were being swept away without a care
As the wind blew the leaves away again, I was glad.

Perhaps the wind was Mother Nature’s only way of fighting back
She didn’t want to be reduced to life within a sack
To go from splendour, to squalor, in the space of just one season
She wasn’t going to disappear, not without good reason

The wind blew again, with all of its might
That’s when the workmen gave up for the night
As they packed their tools and left the scene, I carried on for home
The wind began to die away; Mother Nature’s fight was won.

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  1. Date: 3/7/2011 3:24:00 PM
    Janette, I am glad I saw this fun poem. because I am Mother Nature's help mate in THIS scenario. I would never rake leaves. It's too "beneath" me. hahaha. I say"Let those leaves go back to the ground and just disintegrate there!!" LUv, andrea

  1. Date: 1/12/2010 11:53:00 AM
    Beautiful story here with great imagery, Janette ... if we're not sweeping, we're raking and it is sad how it all ends up in a bag ... lucky are those who have room to compost ... smile ...

  1. Date: 1/12/2010 9:21:00 AM
    Congratulations Janette on "Sweeping" being featured. Vince

  1. Date: 1/11/2010 1:38:00 PM
    Many congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured this week Janette >> James

  1. Date: 1/11/2010 10:55:00 AM
    Janette~ A great observation most would pass by Congratulations on your featured poem! Laura :)

  1. Date: 1/11/2010 4:38:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured this week Janette. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/11/2010 1:36:00 AM
    Great story told in such a poetic way. Very creative and imaginative, Janette. Thank you for sharing. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 1/11/2010 12:02:00 AM
    Congrats on your feature poem this week Janette.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 1/10/2010 7:54:00 PM
    Neat poem Janette, Haaaaaa! Congratulations on it being featured, Sincerely, Moses

  1. Date: 1/10/2010 4:07:00 PM
    Congrats on your amazing feature poem this week! Very well deserved as always. Truly enjoyed reading. Happy New Year! Love Light Patty

  1. Date: 1/10/2010 1:07:00 PM
    Perhaps you are right....Mother Nature's way of fighting back. A lovely piece, Janette! ~ Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 5/1/2009 8:00:00 AM
    A healthy inspirational thought ... I enjoyed this write ... congratulations as you write many more.