Can you see me?

The answer to this riddle, if you look around,
Is hidden in plain sight, right above the ground.
It can be found in the ocean, but not in sky.
In apples and oranges, but never in pie.

In lakes and in water, but not in most rivers.
Now find the answer, within all of these lines,
but not in this riddle, or one of its signs.

Is it something like

The letter A

Most explanations would be obvious except for the stretch that

"[R]ight above the ground" refers to the word "around" which is physically above the phrase "the ground" in the original riddle.

As a more complete solution:

The answer to this riddle, if you look [Around],
Is hidden in [plAin sight], right above [the ground].
It can be found in [the oceAn], but not in [sky].
In [Apples] and [orAnges], but never in [pie].

In [lAkes] and in [wAter], but not in [most rivers].
Now find the answer, within [All of these lines],
but not in [this riddle], or [one of its signs].

• @Devsman but not in guvf evqqyr Apr 1 '16 at 15:24
• @question_asker That's the point right? It's not in bar bs vgf fvtaf, either. Apr 1 '16 at 15:26
• that's how I read it, anyway (this was going to be my guess for the same reasons you've stated here) Apr 1 '16 at 15:27
• @AggieKidd Ooh, I like the use of spatial relationships. Apr 1 '16 at 15:53
• @Isa There are many riddles that talk about finding something in one place but not another and the answer is a letter. For instance, "What happens twice in a week, once in a year, but never in a month?" The letter E. I looked for and found a letter that fit the bill this time. Jul 17 '18 at 4:07

Is it:

the letter a

The answer to this riddle, if you look around,

Is hidden in plain sight, right above the ground.

in the middle of plain and at start of above

It can be found in the ocean, but not in sky.

a in ocean not in sky

In apples and oranges, but never in pie.

in apples and oranges not pie

In lakes and in water, but not in most rivers.

in lakes and in water not most rivers

not in any words here.

Now find the answer, within all of these lines,

but not in this riddle, or one of its signs.

not in any words here.

• Well done, just a little behind Engineer. Apr 1 '16 at 15:51
• Thanks, was about half way through when I saw someone else posted :/ Apr 1 '16 at 16:17