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At first I heard it and thought i could soar like a bird!

And oh what i heard!

I’ll zoom so fast, my image will be blurred.

And now I see it, it’s flat as can be!

Oh woe is me.

And how lonely, just one single tree.


What is this riddle referring to?

Hints:

The answer is a single word

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I think the word you're looking for is

plain.

"thought I could soar like a bird"

You misheard it as "plane". Planes (aeroplanes) fly.

"I'll zoom so fast, my image will be blurred."

Just a reference to the rapid motion of aeroplanes? Or perhaps also a reference to the focal plane of a camera lens. (The reference to zooming suggests it might be.)

"it's flat as can be!"

"Plain" means, among other things, flat. Of course you should have suspected this even when you had only heard the word and thought it was "plane": a plane (in the mathematical sense) is flat :-).

"just one single tree"

A plane is also a kind of tree, but we're back to "plain" here so perhaps it's a plain ol' plane tree: just one single boring plane tree. Or (and this turns out to be the questioner's intention) I find myself on a plain, where by definition there are few trees.

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  • $\begingroup$ A short explanation would be good to explain your answer. It is correct though! $\endgroup$ – Oreo Jun 10 '16 at 12:20
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    $\begingroup$ Yup. I posted the answer first, then put in explanations. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jun 10 '16 at 12:21
  • $\begingroup$ I realise your answer is slightly off. The phrases "At first I heard it" and "And now I see it" are crucial to the poem. $\endgroup$ – Oreo Jun 10 '16 at 12:28
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    $\begingroup$ Hmm. It could be heard as "plane" but then seen as "plain" which also means flat -- but the tree is definitely "plane" not "plain"... $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jun 10 '16 at 12:38
  • $\begingroup$ You are on the right track with plain $\endgroup$ – Oreo Jun 10 '16 at 21:20
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This is more like a poem then a riddle. It could be

A Dream

At first I heard it and thought i could soar like a bird!

At start you saw something exciting in the dream thats what "i heard it" is referring to. And then you decided to fly into the dream like a bird.

And oh what i heard!

Suddenly you saw someone in the dream

I’ll zoom so fast, my image will be blurred.

Then decided to see him clearly(zoom) but its blurred. Well all dreams are a blurred image.

And now I see it, it’s flat as can be!

Then suddenly wake up from a dream and sorted out that was not real. May be flat here refers to coming to the actual flat world.

Oh woe is me. And how lonely, just one single tree.

After waking up from dream you found yourself all alone again. a single tree represents loneliness.

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  • $\begingroup$ Good try, but that's not it. $\endgroup$ – Oreo Jun 10 '16 at 21:21

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