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A friend of mine introduced me this riddle in a game some time ago in prose and I decided to try to make it in verse. It's a well known one. I hope it's a bit easier than the original because I was allowed some probing questions.

I enter the bedroom and immediately see

Romeo and Juliet dead, lying on the floor

Water and shattered glass all around me

What else am I supposed to look for?

Evidence and a culprit, my partner agrees

Everything clean but the garden backdoor

Some wet footprints towards the tree

There, staring at us, the perpetrator!

The crime wasn't that hard to foresee

The predator has done similar before

Poor couple, drowned to some degree

A bit confusing that sounds in the report

My dear and old friends ceased to be

An aquarium was their doom and my sore

Black story... What just happened here?

In just one phrase, simple, no more.

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  • $\begingroup$ "Is Romeo and Juliet a tragedy?" Umm, yes. Yes it is. $\endgroup$ – jafe Sep 9 '18 at 1:26
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What happened was

They were fish

I enter the bedroom and immediately see

Romeo and Juliet dead, lying on the floor

Their tank broke.

Water and shattered glass all around me

What else am I supposed to look for?

The tank was made out of glass.

Evidence and a culprit, my partner agrees

Everything clean but the garden backdoor

Yes.

Some wet footprints towards the tree

There, staring at us, the perpetrator!

Maybe a cat?

The crime wasn't that hard to foresee

The predator has done similar before

Yeah.

Poor couple, drowned to some degree

A bit confusing that sounds in the report

Drowned of air.

My dear and old friends ceased to be

An aquarium was their doom and my sore

Yeah.

Black story... What just happened here?

In just one phrase, simple, no more.

Fish.

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    $\begingroup$ Sniped! +1 my friend, well done $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Sep 8 '18 at 3:06
  • $\begingroup$ Geez... hahah that was so fast. What were the most evident hints? $\endgroup$ – villasv Sep 8 '18 at 3:07
  • $\begingroup$ Well I just have seen a similar puzzle before :D +1 I've enjoyed this. @villasv $\endgroup$ – QuantumTwinkie Sep 8 '18 at 3:08
  • $\begingroup$ Awww, yeah I knew it was a bit famous puzzle. At least I hope I did well with a poem version then. Thanks ;-) $\endgroup$ – villasv Sep 8 '18 at 3:10
  • $\begingroup$ It might be a bit too late to say this, but congratz on the $10k$ rep! (And nice answer, too, like always) :D $\endgroup$ – Mr Pie Sep 8 '18 at 9:04

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