16.        NUTS

Seven nuts to crack,
seven days in a week,
a day of life in each,
a life in a shell.

So hard we build
our stronghold,
as strong the shell,
as strong the soul.

We all want to crack a shell,
the weak are easy pickings,
the strong our greatest gem,
soft colours covered with gum.
Colours of love which needs to crack
before the nut grows too old.