Spikey case around soft mattress
cushioning the conker’s fall
shining polished horse-chestnut ball
copper gloss that brightens up child’s gaze of wonder:
hoard and treasure,
soon grows dull, and maybe sprouts
cold of winter triggers growing
in warmth of spring:
food feeds little seedling
root pokes out and elongates,
curling stem emerges,
– long to live to grow a mighty tree?
or soon to perish
trampled withered and decayed
new plants to nourish.