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I am the aim, I bring guns to bear.
I can transport you from here out to there.
I can improve you in body and mind,
A series of thoughts, I may be dragged behind
Like kids' macaroni art back in the past
The first to reach anger is never the last

The result of these bizarre musings in rhyme is a single, common English word. Has the strain of giving up acrostics warped my mind or is there reason hidden in the ramblings?

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You're a:

Train

I am the aim, I bring guns to bear.

To train one's sight on a target.

I can transport you from here out to there.

A locomotive train which transports people from here to there.

I can improve you in body and mind,

Physical and mental training.

A series of thoughts, I may be dragged behind

A train of thoughts to slowly lead you to a conclusion others have. The train of a bride's dress trails behind.

Like kids' macaroni art back in the past

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Duh, thanks to @question_asker and the man himself @Hugh got train oracam which is a bride's train behind her dress. phew
Still keeping the kid with the awesome macaroni train though :) )

The first to reach anger is never the last

Again, oops thanks to @question_asker and @Hugh: The first letter of each word after the word "first" spells train, damn I was bad here!

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  • $\begingroup$ Explain the last two lines and you get the tick. :) $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Mar 29 '16 at 12:52
  • $\begingroup$ This also covers the "___ spot" in the title and the "strain" in the question. $\endgroup$ – Hellion Mar 29 '16 at 14:44
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    $\begingroup$ @question_asker totally lost on the last two but got so lucky with that picture couldn't resist :D $\endgroup$ – Paul Evans Mar 29 '16 at 18:23
  • $\begingroup$ @question_asker lost, so lost... I gladly hand it over to you. I love that kid with his macaroni trains so much - no going back now :) )))) $\endgroup$ – Paul Evans Mar 29 '16 at 18:47
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah. I kind of want to change the riddle to accommodate the kid now. $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Mar 29 '16 at 18:53
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Sight(s)

I cannot figure it for all lines but...

You use sights to aim a gun and bring it to bear. I can see far off places with sight. Insight improves my mind. "Hind-sight is always 20-20".

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