I walked out this cold morning

On my way to work

Saw leaves up and down the street

Blown to the ground by overnight winds

But you, beautiful oak, keep yours

Taunting the bare trees up and down the block

Showing your leaves, still there, still proud

Still virile

Challenging all the other trees

Showing them you are the best tree on the block

I look at you and think

DROP YOUR FUCKING LEAVES ALREADY, YOU BASTARD! I HATE RAKING AND WANT TO GET IT OVER WITH FOR THE YEAR! DROP THEM! JUST FUCKING DROP THEM!