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In the beginning I was as running Water 
Then I was only running - fast! 
(but the Water stayed - in my Title) 
Don't you want to go to school? 
Here, try and awake me in my glass Tower! 
Beware of my Cycle: unlike my simile, 
My clouds will not bring Life.

What am I?


The random capitalization has nothing to do with deciphering the riddle and everything to do with me having an Emily Dickinson attack. :D

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Are you

Mercury?

In the beginning I was as running water

There is a water taxi company called mercury from BC (British Columbia).
Mercury can be in liquid form.

Then I was only running - fast!

The planet Mercury "runs" around the sun very fast. Mercury is commonly known as "quicksilver" and quick means fast.

(but the Water stayed - in my Title)

Wetting a hat(made of mercury) is a good way to break it in. It's name used to be "hydrargyrum" which means "water-silver".

Don't you want to go to school?

If you got mercury poisoning you wouldn't be able to go to school.

Here, try and awake me in my glass Tower!

Mercury used to be used in thermometers.

Beware of my Cycle: unlike my simile,

There is a biogeochemical cycle called the mercury cycle and it has something to do chlorine factories https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercury_cycle

My clouds will not bring Life.

Mercury can be deadly.

Relation to the title:

Mercury is used in hats and makes the hatters go crazy.

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  • $\begingroup$ You got it! But most lines are off: let's say that you're referring to two things with the same name, while I only refer to one. $\endgroup$ – LinuxBlanket Aug 16 '18 at 17:58
  • $\begingroup$ Yay I got it! Well, sorta. $\endgroup$ – Yout Ried Aug 16 '18 at 19:04
  • $\begingroup$ My spoiler aren't working $\endgroup$ – Yout Ried Aug 16 '18 at 19:08
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    $\begingroup$ Updated to fix the spoilers (you can't have two different spoilers in a row like that I don't think, you need to use <br/> as a line break instead). $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Aug 16 '18 at 19:12
  • $\begingroup$ @El-Guest Thanks I'll take note of that. $\endgroup$ – Yout Ried Aug 16 '18 at 20:26
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Are you (I already know I'm super far off with this, but what the heck)

acid rain?

In the beginning I was as running Water

At the beginning of the water cycle, the water runs along the ground.

Then I was only running - fast!

When it evaporates, it's almost like running up into the sky to form clouds.

(but the Water stayed - in my Title)

The water becomes "water vapour", so the word water stays in the title even though it's not liquid water.

Don't you want to go to school?

Rain/acid rain/snow can sometimes cause school closures if it's truly, truly bad enough.

Here, try and awake me in my glass Tower!

A tower in the sky, ie. a raincloud? Or maybe this refers to the smokestacks which give off atmospheric pollutants which cause acid rain.

Beware of my Cycle: unlike my simile,

Acid rain becoming part of the water cycle is something to beware of.

My clouds will not bring Life.

Don't stand in the acid rain, that's for sure.

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    $\begingroup$ Loved that response to Don't you want to go to school? in which rot13(npvq enva ZNL pybfr fpubbyf vs vg'f gehyl, gehyl, onq). :D Made me laugh. $\endgroup$ – Taco タコス Aug 16 '18 at 15:39
  • $\begingroup$ @PerpetualJ thanks! That was me reminiscing about living in the only school district in my province that never closed schools on snow days (or any other kind of days), haha! ;P $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Aug 16 '18 at 15:42
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    $\begingroup$ Haha! Same where I grew up, but you'd figure that rot13(vs gur ebbs jnf zrygvat) they would have bigger problems right? :) $\endgroup$ – Taco タコス Aug 16 '18 at 15:45
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    $\begingroup$ If that starts happening, I agree you have much bigger problems than missing education for a day!! (Also, I just realized you changed your name!! That would've really given away one of your previous riddles!) $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Aug 16 '18 at 15:49
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, yes it would have; I felt the word perpetual is true to my nature. I've also noticed that most users typically don't include their full name as part of their usernames so I felt the change was appropriate. $\endgroup$ – Taco タコス Aug 16 '18 at 16:13

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