Questions tagged [poetry]

Puzzles that are presented in the form of any of the various types of poetry.

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A Far Eastern Poem

You insist I should take one Ten I shall take as I won. Tendencies are like a corpse Fire spreads over entire course. Fighting as they found a hole Bamboos grow on land as whole. Bamboozling, I take ...
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A rhyming riddle: "Line them up in order..."

Line them up in order, And into teams as well. Each of them’s a character, Under someone’s spell. Some have foreign accents And put on different things: A cute hat, something grave, Tails and dots and ...
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The Tale of Two Teams

A proverb and a myth, I will tell you a tale of two teams. I saw them last night in my dreams. The one team was sleeker, but started much weaker, The other was strong from the start. Yes, the other ...
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The Mantra Riddle

A sentence that can never fail A broken foot without its tail Almost there... reverse one sound By turns mundane and quite profound. The mantra is your compass then Your watch to know exactly when It ...
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As Slaughter Crept unto the Sheep

Turn in my lord! Turn in my lord! But water I cannot afford. Some milk is best at your request. Now hide you and get you some rest. But as he sleep, to him she creep, As slaughter crept unto the ...
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The Poem of Love and Grace [closed]

Here is a simple poetry riddle I just thought up. Enjoy! A king, so great, lives fifteen years more, A giant, so mighty, his power so easily tore. A shepherd, in the wild, a stick to a snake, A death,...
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The Abysmal King

What was the king's name (missing from the riddle), but more interestingly, what was the king trying to hide? Slay me now, and take a solemn vow, Men can't say I might have died this way, Thrust ...
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They Couldn't Sit Down 'Till They Got It Out of Town

What are the missing words, but most importantly, what is "it"? They couldn't sit down 'till they got it out of town To send it back was nice, But who'd have bet the odds, They'd send it ...
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O Cryptic! My Cryptic!

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #48: Unusual tag mix Please find below a poetic cryptic crossword. A very tiny cryptic crossword, because each cryptic clue is a poem. I must beg your ...
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What is poetry, What is time, What is rhythm, What is rhyme?

The sun that hides underneath his belt, a new horizon, that none shall melt. What is a bird that never flies, or a heart that never dies? Can a man be saved by grace alone, or runs a river that cries. ...
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Many teal, or winter water [closed]

What is the name of many teal or winter water, mating birds, or early travelers?
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My sister has gone Puzzled again

I once got a letter from my younger sister. It reads :- Hello brother, How are you? I am fine. I have seen you have given me a lot of gifts, thank you for that. Here's a present from my side. Since I ...
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Don't close me, I'm dangerous

I haven't written a riddle in a while, and my New Year's resolution is "make more puzzles," so here is a quick little riddle for you! Dragon or demon, locked in its pen, But without even ...
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A Cryptic Morality Tale

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #46: "Tales From the Cryptic" So this puzzle uses the term cryptic in multiple senses. On the one hand, it is cryptic in the sense that there are ...
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Can you name my sister?

I was always useless at memorising poetry and stuff. I tried putting the poems into my own words as a reminder. The problem is that I only remember my versions now and have forgotten the originals! ...
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Kaboom-y numbers!

Here is a new type of puzzle poem I made. Enjoy! Note: The title is named like that for a reason. I have a number in mind, it is super cool, But there's something you need to know, or you will find ...
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A riddle that is dear to me

I am but a basic, simple thing, But joy to the hearts of many I do bring. I am made up of four, without them I'm not, If you name them first, then me you will spot. To my first, you may not give a ...
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Discover the wizard's weakness

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A Hand-picked Piece

Another riddle from ~ Words That Get Stuck In MacGyver88's Head ~(:P) The following is but a novice trial. No points expected nor a prize to win. For thoughts to paper helps to cease the rile. ...
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Who am I? - Some riddle as a poem

Earth-born out of bloody love, unsure, though, if this is true. Above spans the old and rules the sky in first generation. Lots of children coming after, some from mother, no from other. Four sons ...
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What am I, and what's the missing word?

What am I, and therefore what is the missing word?: I was one amongst thousands but I was the lucky one; I came through those doors and saw you. Eyes glazed with contentment from courses consumed, yet ...
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The Sound After

Oh, my beautiful lady first There goes away the thirst If today were not this blue There would be a direct clue Oh, please look at this mirror Then you'll see me no error If people called us twins ...
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Ode to a Nightingale: a puzzling study in literary criticism

The field of literary criticism is an interesting and fruitful one, in which puzzlers might carve out a niche. This was recently brought home by a conversation I had with a sagacious old gentleman in ...
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What does Caesar salad do if you leave it in the sun? (----)

What greeting to use with a bee when approaching its lair? (-) What thing do relief sculptor DJs drop, pumping it too? (---) What insect do little old ladies purl all through their hair? (----) ...
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Today I give you a mathematical pleasure, which you might want to take up and measure (What am I?)

Today I give you a mathematical pleasure, which you might want to take up and measure. With a pole, or a hole, oh well, you might want to read up on Borel. My spirit can always be found in myself, ...
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Who/What am I? A riddle poem of satire

I'm gigantic and pedantic, I come in many parts. Some see me as rigorous, but I'm unspokenly ridiculous. I like to guess and play, when it's my turn to say. I'm power-law distributed, not all ...
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Only one who sees without seeing can solve this riddle

The wise Dao teacher Jape-Dze has left numerous poems and texts, but this one untitled work he did not complete, leaving just a scribble as the last line. Many have tried to decipher the scribbles, ...
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(2) There once was an item

...it has a very short life But goes calmly and smoothly, little-to-no strife. And even as it passes it becomes something new, Changing shape constantly 'til there's nothing to view. Depending where ...
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Stop, and stop now

Oh hang thee, I do, from the rafters above; Though I'll often do my utmost to support thee from below. Sometimes I'm wont to leave thee waiting in ears; But as a rule, I'm a beast, telling thee ...
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I relate two or more entities

My prefix will lay you to rest And is also a legitimate prefix My infix may be pretence And is a prefix of my suffix My suffix can be performed It may relate to moving I relate two or ...
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My worth's never none

Melodically speaking, my worth's never none; Proportionally speaking, I'm a downer if under one; I'm wont to overlap; Or get up in a snap; But when I am used, I hope it's not for a ton. ...
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My subordinates keep my sanity in check

I’m neither a star nor a planet But my subordinates surround me They keep my sanity in check If more were to join, I become pessimistic If some were to leave I‘m overly optimistic Who am I? ...
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My suffix is infantile paralysis

My prefix is a parking lot for ________, My suffix is infantile paralysis with a _______. If you remove the letter ____ from my whole, You get the anagram of the property of water. What ...
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The cook was fired!

What word am I looking for? The cook is fired! Decay! The baker's dozen! I need a new job. Hint #1: Hint #2:
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I treat the wounded

My prefix heats My infix greets My suffix is elite The wounded, I treat Hint
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I greet the unfortunate, but my occurrence is seldom welcome

My first half is usually sturdy The second is mostly relative If the first is not well maintained I shall greet it with the second Hint #1 Hint #2 Hint #3
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I'm in lips or in hair

Sometimes I like to be part of the game; Sometimes I'm part of an exercise name. I'm in lips or in hair; I'm afield so beware; I'm in many a place but direct is never my aim. What am I?
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To unlock the stage

Sometimes I'm needed when you go out to dine; Sometimes I mean to hurt or malign; But in today's age; To unlock the stage; I grant you the power to steer through the vine. What am I? Edit: I ...
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I am either the cause or effect of devastation

I am either the cause or effect of devastation Drop a letter, I may serve, judge or contain.
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One has an end; the other has both

Two words you hear, sound same to the ear, But their spelling and meaning differ. One has an end; the other has both, They are seldom uttered together.
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Part of the word is an outdated person

My prefix is the action of doing an action in the past My suffix is one in a hundred If you take a part of my prefix and put it together with my infix and suffix, I almost got a 'P'ed on ...
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A person of station

I stand tall yet remain grounded. I serve as a distraction, it can lead to confusion or aggravation. I am abused; cut, stabbed, and pounded. With jubilation, I am destined for ...
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Save me for later

I can be single; I can grind you down; I can hold many words; I can mean up-and-down. What am I?
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A consequence of Ubiety

Here's a poem/riddle I wrote called "A consequence of ubiety" I'll post the second half which is the answer in poem form a few days from now. ...
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My choice, you can’t refuse

Take part, you may win Go fast if you choose Some see me in your skin My choice, you can’t refuse
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I’m used when nature commands

My prefix deserves a pay My infix is high in demand My postfix permits a stay I’m used when nature commands
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What lesson did he learn?

Kevin is a vegan. But not the good kind of vegan. The kind that insists everyone in his neighborhood needs to stop cooking meat at dinner time so he can run outside. Kevin pushed everyone around him ...
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A shocker in soccer, pt. 3

I can be sticky but you must be picky; Many of me define the key, of a galaxy; I'm a type when I'm ripe; And you must pay a tax when I'm in stacks. What am I? Note: This riddle takes the ...
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For some I’m four, and to others, even more

My prefix is money My infix is workforce My suffix if corrected Refers to some source Some say I’m three And to some I’m four To some, I’m many To others, even more
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Feed me less to use me more

One half is a little less than kind The other is likely to ease your mind Hint:

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