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When the wind blows, I may shout and jeer
Or OP's no-no perhaps you may hear.
I may surround footwear
Or cook up that tramp there!

When the wind blows, I may concern tights.
Maybe (hope not) some lad's in their sights.
A cutie is leaving
And sighs she is heaving!

But when the wind's calm, they float in for the night.
A snake is with you when you point lower right.
I'm a shed by the bed. Can you guess? You just might

The answer is a single English word.

Hint

When the wind’s calm, the holy tree leads.
One kilo proceeds.
Next you employ
A place for a hoy.

Extra Hint

When you figure out the title, you’ll figure out the wind. When you figure out the wind, you’ll figure out the verses. When you figure out the verses, you’ll figure out the word and, voila, you’re done.
Don’t you wish everything was so simple?

Thoughts

Should the calm come before the storm?
Was the hint meant to rile you up?
P.S. (Lennon’s dream or revolution)

Rhyme

When weights are light and name is short,
That Annabel's a tricky sort.
Verse three is a clue of a cryptical kind
To make sense of the others, you'll have to... un-wind.
I tried, but failed to make you smiley
By sticking in that hint - a riley.
Apologies for this, my poem
Regarding that, a crafty hoem.

Other Thoughts

Existence or being is here with his friends.
Alternatives aid as this kind of line wends.
They may catch y’all if the hearer’s ear bends.
Best of all, they have one use: sailors’ ends.

This Really Is A Hint

When I thought about writing the "Other Thoughts" section I intended to nudge you in the direction of the answer without spelling it out. That didn't happen.

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    $\begingroup$ I first thought you were referring to Annabelle, but the spelling is different. That's good — I don't need to revisit my nightmares (...hopefully). $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Aug 24 '18 at 11:02
  • $\begingroup$ Hm. This one isn't such a breeze, even if the extra hint tries to tell us otherwise ... $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Aug 31 '18 at 10:33
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    $\begingroup$ @MOehm Perhaps more tornado than breeze. $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Aug 31 '18 at 11:41
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The answer is:

boathouse.

(I first had "boats" as answer. I found what the 3rd verse describes, but didn't draw the right conclusions. Luckily, Tom did so in the comments and Hugh confirmed his findings.)

The wind:

The riddle is about anagrams: "When the wind is calm" refers to the original word; "When the wind blows" refers to an anagram of the word.

The title is a hint towards anagrams: "Little Anabelle" is ana and the weights are grams.

Third verse:

This verse describes a boathouse: It is a shed by the (river) bed and the boats float in for the night. The middle line is wordplay: boa (snake) + thou (you) + se (lower right on a map).

The hint:

The hint describes the same word in a Riley-ing fashion: The bo tree is holy to Buddhists; a thou(sand) is one kilo; to use is to employ. A hoy is a small sailing boat.

The thoughts:

These point us toward solving the "calm" verse first and also to the Riley nature of the hint. John Lennon wrote the songs No 9 Dream and Revolution 9, and boathouse has nine letters.

First two verses:

Each line describes a possible anagram of boathouse. Tom found them all:

... I may shout and jeer — hoot abuse
Or OP's no-no perhaps you may hear. — hues ("Hugh's") taboo
I may surround footwear — about shoe
Or cook up that tramp there! — sauté hobo

... I may concern tights. — about hose
Maybe (hope not) some lad's in their sights. — shoot beau
A cutie is leaving — shoo beaut
And sighs she is heaving! — beaut oohs

The rhyme:

This tells us more explicitly that the poem is a bout a "crafty hoem", that is a home for craft or boats.

The other thoughts:

This describes boats: Boats are what sailors are needed for and y'all sounds like yawl, catch sounds like ketch. Existence hints at lifeboats.

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    $\begingroup$ Well done! Some more possibilities using your 9 letter answer. 1) hoot abuse, hues taboo :), about shoe, saute hobo 2) about hose, shoot beau ? ,beaut oohs $\endgroup$ – Tom Sep 12 '18 at 11:56
  • $\begingroup$ Congratulations. The 9 letter answer is indeed the one I was looking for. Perhaps examine again the initial line of "Other Thoughts" (by which I mean the 4th). $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Sep 12 '18 at 12:24
  • $\begingroup$ @Tom Well done to you on all of these! $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Sep 12 '18 at 12:24
  • $\begingroup$ @Hugh - it took a crafty hoem to solve this, but it inspired me to post a poor riddle about something in the answers. $\endgroup$ – Tom Sep 12 '18 at 12:27
  • $\begingroup$ The rest of "Other Thoughts" wasn't very good. I was trying to clue other dwellers of the answer: rkvfgrapr -> yvsr, yvar -> ebj jvgu bnef (nygreangvirf) nyfb Xrgpu naq lnjy $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Sep 12 '18 at 12:35
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Some of this is weak, maybe some others can fill in the blanks.

I think this all has to do with

Bells

When the wind blows, I may shout and jeer Or OP's no-no perhaps you may hear.

Some people don't like the sound of wind chimes.

I may surround footwear

Bell bottoms

Or cook up that tramp there!

A bellows helps warm things up.

When the wind blows, I may concern tights.

Um... this?

Maybe (hope not) some lad's in their sights.

Bell towers are great for snipers

A cutie is leaving And sighs she is heaving!

Tinkerbell

But when the wind's calm, they float in for the night.

No wind? The wind chimes settle down

A snake is with you when you point lower right. ;-)

The Rattlesnake is sometimes called a "Bell Snake"

I'm a shed by the bed. Can you guess? You just might

I confess, this one baffles me. Maybe Bell End? :)

Oh and the title:

Annabels weights are Dumbbells

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  • $\begingroup$ Ingenious! Well worth an upvote. But, sorry, no. $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Aug 24 '18 at 12:31
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    $\begingroup$ wow this is incorrect? $\endgroup$ – 1848 Aug 24 '18 at 16:27
  • $\begingroup$ I thought this one had the cat in the bag... turns out it was the dog all along... heheh, whatever that means :P $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Aug 27 '18 at 21:34

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