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Image and text of "Raking Leaves" poem from children's poetry book "Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain" by Barbara Vance

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Raking Leaves

I raked the leaves on our front lawn;
It took all afternoon.
I started at ’round half past one
and said, “I’ll be done soon.”

But once I saw how more leaves fell
Each time I made a pile,
I quickly saw this outdoor chore
Was going to take a while.

And so I did what my dad said
A winner does to win:
I studied that great pile of leaves,
And then I jumped right in.

~ Barbara Vance

Excerpt from the poetry collection “Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain”

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