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Tall and slender and sways like a swing

Clears the sorrows of today and the tears of tomorrow

A machete that makes a path so you can find your way

A blade that doesn't cut, but isn't thrown away

An arm that reaches, yet not far enough

A prisoner hid from the sun to be left untouched

What am I?

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Maybe:

Windshield Wiper Blade

Tall and slender and sways like a swing

They're long and narrow and swing back and forth when used.

Clears the sorrows of today and the tears of tomorrow

Maybe this is referring to rain? In which case, the wiper blades clear the rain from you path/sight.

A machete that makes a path so you can find your way

Clears water and debris of the windshield so you can see.

A blade that doesn't cut, but isn't thrown away

Called a blade, but doesn't cut like a knife per say. Also thought of: blades of grass, fan blade, roller blades etc.

An arm that reaches, yet not far enough

Not sure. Usually wiper blades can only clear an arc on the windshield, but doesn't clear the edges and corners.

Like a prisoner behind bars, you're seen, never touched

Again not sure, actually thought more of a fan for this one since the blades are usually caged. However, in this case the wiper blades are behind a shield/pane of glass where you can see them but can't touch them (at least when used as intended).

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  • $\begingroup$ In case you care, I looked at this riddle again and decided to change the last line. Your answer is still correct of course. $\endgroup$ – Jason_ Feb 19 at 21:43
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    $\begingroup$ don't you technically dispose of those when you change them? $\endgroup$ – visualnotsobasic Feb 19 at 22:01
  • $\begingroup$ @visualnotsobasic but not because it doesn't (literally) cut, i guess. $\endgroup$ – Henrique Valle Feb 20 at 17:04

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