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Explain every line, as well as the title.

I am here, I am alive, rapidly decaying, moving all the time,
I am used by politicians, doctors, or even niche artists,
In fiction, I can be custom, achromic, or even mixed with machines,
I need to be fed, pumpkins, kidney beans, or maybe some meat,
I can sadly be hurt, by pointes, tinea, fire, even myself,
When I die, I am given a tomb, rain pouring down on my rest.

What am I?

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    $\begingroup$ Just checking: Are you sure about line 3? It seems to me you have one too many of a particular letter... $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Apr 25, 2022 at 14:43
  • $\begingroup$ You are entirely correct, will fix! $\endgroup$
    – Auribouros
    Apr 25, 2022 at 14:50

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You are:

an ORGAN of the body.

Not only does this kinda satisfy the riddle as a whole...

i.e. Organs:
- are alive but experiencing wear and tear constantly,
- are used by everybody (quite literally),
- can be customised or adapted in numerous ways in science fiction,
- require a person to eat food in order to be operational,
- can be damaged,
- are buried (along with the body) at death...

...but also (and perhaps more crucially here)...

...every line contains the name of an organ hidden among its words:

I am here, I am alive, rapidly decaying, moving all the time,
I am used by politicians, doctors, or even niche artists,
In fiction, I can be custom, achromic, or even mixed with machines,
I need to be fed, pumpkins, kidney beans, or maybe some meat,
I can sadly be hurt, by pointes, tinea, fire, even myself,
When I die, I am given a tomb, rain pouring down on my rest.

In similar fashion, the word organ is itself hidden in the title!

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  • $\begingroup$ stiv, you're on fire $\endgroup$
    – JLee
    Apr 25, 2022 at 15:02
  • $\begingroup$ @JLee Ha, thanks :) Why is the lunchbreak often the most productive hour of the working day?! $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Apr 25, 2022 at 15:03
  • $\begingroup$ Congrats! And as you can probably tell, I got heavily inspired by this other riddle. $\endgroup$
    – Auribouros
    Apr 25, 2022 at 15:04
  • $\begingroup$ @Stiv after getting the riddle via its meaning, how did you decide to go on and notice that an organ name is also hidden in each line? Great work! $\endgroup$
    – justhalf
    Apr 26, 2022 at 0:47
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    $\begingroup$ @justhalf I actually did it the opposite way round altogether! I noticed that 'pointes, tinea' was an odd combination of words, spotted what it concealed and then - noticing the title - checked the other lines for the same. Then I back-solved the riddle. $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Apr 26, 2022 at 6:16

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