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My solem wish is to break free,
If you double up, I shall not flee.
To the ground I tie you with my yarn,
in prisons the keep me, so I don't harm.
Thick and thin and I come in various colours,
sometimes I'm unseen in the summers.
Children fear me for my riddle,
usually I lay in the middle.

What am I?

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Are you

SHOELACES

My solem wish is to break free,

They love coming undone

If you double up, I shall not flee.

Tied properly, they don't

To the ground I tie you with my yarn,

Shoelaces are often made of cotton/similar material, and are used to lace up footwear

in prisons the keep me, so I don't harm.

Shoelaces are confiscated in prisons, to prevent prisoners hanging themselves

Thick and thin and I come in various colours,

Kiddie shoes have colourful laces

sometimes I'm unseen in the summers.

Because people eschew covered footwear for slippers

Children fear me for my riddle,

How to tie shoelaces are a puzzle for children at first

usually I lay in the middle.

Shoelaces are commonly oriented in the center of shoes

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    $\begingroup$ Nicley done! That's what I thought of. $\endgroup$ – Peter Aug 7 '18 at 8:11
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Could you possibly be a

enter image description here (zipper)?

My solem wish is to break free,

A zipper usually holds together pieces of cloth.

If you double up, I shall not flee.

When both sides of the zip are connected, the zipper is intended to stay shut (even if I've had several zippers who didn't).

To the ground I tie you with my yarn,

There is plastic on one side (the connecting one) and yarn on the other side with is sewn.

in prisons the keep me, so I don't harm.

Zippers are usually protected by some fabric, or rather, protects the skin from the zipper.

Thick and thin and I come in various colours,

Well, zippers do.

sometimes I'm unseen in the summers.

Zippers are often put on jackets and other warm clothing.

Children fear me for my riddle,

Well, this is a bit of the stretch, but children usually fear the toothy side, which sort of makes a riddle...

usually I lay in the middle.

Zippers are usually put in the middle.

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  • $\begingroup$ Not what I was thinking of, yet a nice answer I didn't expect ^^ What were your guesses for each line? $\endgroup$ – Peter Aug 7 '18 at 7:42
  • $\begingroup$ Done: But I don't know... some of the explanations are somewhat taken out of thin air :-) $\endgroup$ – Carl Löndahl Aug 7 '18 at 8:09
  • $\begingroup$ Still, I enjoyed reading it +1 ^^ $\endgroup$ – Peter Aug 7 '18 at 8:12

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