Despite being well-decorated, stylish, and sturdy
I'm often dark inside, and
When put into use, I am dark all around
I am destined to carry Something (that will soon turn foul)
To keep what is inside safe from what is without;
Not more than One in my lifespan
As It is often Something once precious and always remembered
But It grows much worse as time passes
Fouler, fouler
Until It becomes no more;
Even after It passes
I still remain covered
Filled and surrounded by dust
Till the end of Eternity
Or until I am pilfered
By some wretched soul

What am I?

  • $\begingroup$ Phrasing a direct description of an object as a poem doesn't make it a riddle. Riddles have an extra layer of metaphor, misdirection, or wordplay involved - this has none of those. $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    May 5, 2021 at 18:23
  • $\begingroup$ What would be a good way to change this? Modify the title? $\endgroup$ May 5, 2021 at 18:51
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    $\begingroup$ I’m voting to close this question because straightforward description of an object is not a riddle. $\endgroup$
    – bobble
    May 5, 2021 at 23:33
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    $\begingroup$ (Incidentally, this very site has a variety of Q&A focusing on riddle creation and design. I invite you to check it out, and also consider that your riddles will probably be better with more work & time put into them - so not posting 1/2/3 a day.) $\endgroup$
    – bobble
    May 5, 2021 at 23:33
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to leave open as I didn't find this just a straightforward description of an object - at first reading, the answer wasn't even obvious to me. $\endgroup$ May 6, 2021 at 8:21

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This is

a coffin.

The lines are pretty much a direct description of the object:

it is dark, it carries a body (which will rot over time), and is placed in the ground permanently (unless grave robbers dig it up).


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