# With You, Without You. A Riddle

YOU CAME
I was a miserable drunk and you were kind.
I was sick and you took away my emptiness.
You took me from my secret haunt and gave me talent.
You turned my space to celebration.
Always, you gave me warmth.

BUT
You departed, I allowed it.

WITHOUT YOU
I had something to give, but that is past.
My influences are mere pretenders.
My weapon is gone, leaving only anger.
My very being has become a sham.

Name the subject of this riddle.

• I'm back! Are you happy now? – You Apr 9 '16 at 23:56

## 1 Answer

The subject is

the letter F.

I was a miserable drunk and you were kind.

sot $\Rightarrow$ soft

I was sick and you took away my emptiness.

ill $\Rightarrow$ fill

You took me from my secret haunt and gave me talent.

lair $\Rightarrow$ flair

You turned my space to celebration.

air $\Rightarrow$ fair (from @HerbWolfe)

Always, you gave me warmth.

ever $\Rightarrow$ fever

You departed, I allowed it.

left $\Rightarrow$ let

I had something to give, but that is past.

offer $\Rightarrow$ o'er

My influences are mere pretenders.

factors $\Rightarrow$ actors

My weapon is gone, leaving only anger.

fire $\Rightarrow$ ire (from @HerbWolfe) or
rifle $\Rightarrow$ rile

My very being has become a sham.

life $\Rightarrow$ lie

• Space is air. Anger could be ire. Not sure on the something to give or past. – Herb Wolfe Apr 9 '16 at 21:49
• So, f'', is this the story of your life? – ffao Apr 9 '16 at 22:40
• I had something to give, but that is past. fended -> ended? – Element118 Apr 10 '16 at 0:54
• "had something to give, but that is past." Maybe like git -> gift? Slang spelling might not be desirable, but it fits... – Xavon_Wrentaile Apr 10 '16 at 4:25
• And "offer -> o'er" which, I admit, is a bit off. Well done, ". It couldn't have been solved by a more appropriate letter. The weapon was a rifle. – Hugh Meyers Apr 10 '16 at 6:16