# In your pocket for awhile

In your pocket I'll stay till you send me away;

But keep me a while and I'll build up a pile,

Lest for desire I'll escape all a-fire.

What am I?

(haha I made this one up myself)

• I guess that was too easy, eh? Aug 14, 2015 at 19:35
• Yep, 'fraid so! So was your last rebus :-) Aug 14, 2015 at 19:36
• Okay, okay, I'll try harder. This is the first one I actually made up though. I publish a childrens' magazine, and had a riddle contest and my other rebus puzzles were created by them. Aug 14, 2015 at 19:39
• But I can't use all their riddles! Look at this one: I am pink; I like mud and water but I am not a pig. I have a beak and I fly. What am I? I am at least conscientious enough not to post that one! So you see I'm making progress past the panda bear stage. Aug 14, 2015 at 19:41
• So you're a professional riddle/rebus creator? Good to see PSE is being frequented by the 'experts' the mods always wanted to attract! ;-) Aug 14, 2015 at 20:51

MONEY?

In your pocket I'll stay till you send me away;

It stays in your pocket until you spend it.

But keep me a while and I'll build up a pile,

Keep it for long enough and it'll pile up like a miser's hoard.

Lest for desire I'll escape all a-fire.

Money can be spent (or escape your possession) on your desires. Alternatively (thanks to Kik), this refers to the expression "money is burning a hole in your pocket".

• You've got the answer; but think about the last line again for the full explanation. Aug 14, 2015 at 19:31
• Kik - you got the last line right though, so you get my vote, but rand got the answer first. Aug 14, 2015 at 19:34

Money

In your pocket I'll stay till you send me away;

You keep money in your pocket until you spend it

But keep me a while and I'll build up a pile

If you save your money, it will add up, and you could also use it to earn additional interest in a savings account, or other investments

Lest for desire I'll escape all a-fire

The well known phrase "that money is burning a hole in your pocket"

a coin/coins

In your pocket I'll stay till you send me away;

coins stay in your pocket until you spend them

But keep me a while and I'll build up a pile,

If you don't use your coins you must be using bills and will inevitably get more coins in change. Alternatively you store your coins in a bank and they build interest

Lest for desire I'll escape all a-fire.

This is my biggest stretch. Unlike bills coins can't be set on fire, and the only way to really get rid of coins is to spend them on your desires

Lint.

In your pocket I'll stay till you send me away;

til you pick it out

But keep me a while and I'll build up a pile,

Lint on the dryer filter

Lest for desire I'll escape all a-fire.

Lint in the drier filter can catch on fire. (desire rhymes with dryer?)

Note:

Rand wins but LINT WILL NOT BE SILINTSED

• groooaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnn! Are you picking on me? Aug 14, 2015 at 21:16