Questions tagged [poetry]

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

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A little fat man

I'm a little fat man with a bright red coat I've a stick in my hand and a stone in my throat What am I? (I am not a gnome of any sort, so please stop posting this!) This is a pretty big hint so be ...
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A Daring Riley Riddle

My prefix is called out after, The first that passes forty from ties. My suffix might be the laughter, When mother's ghost discerns no cries. My infix is a way of air, Releasing a way of strong ...
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A Writer Named Poky Was Betrayed

Riddle me this: I am home to the letters, But I am not the alphabet. Whenever there be errors, The display may then correct / A corner may correct. You can find my ancestor, Only in the ...
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My prefix is a formula, my suffix being shared

The following riddle was inspired by what is referred to as "Riley Puzzles / Riddles" (example). My prefix is a formula, My suffix being shared. My infix starts a warm colour, Though cast away ...
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I Have No Lungs

Riddle me this: I have no lungs, but I can breathe, Where you, yourself, cannot. Via me, the greenwoods seethe, Where my cheeks will flush when hot. I have no lungs, but I can drown, ...
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Youth is, Inevitably, the Nature of Yielding Adulthood. Nurture it Greatly

Riddle me this: We are both black and white with two seeds, But they each can never be planted; Through our swirl, philosophy proceeds, But our balance is taken for granted. Our forces ...
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You Can Find Me in a Pickle Jar, But Not if There's Cookies (By Far!)

Riddle me this: I'm in a pillow, but not in a blanket; In a piano, but not in a crotchet; In a picnic, but not in a basket; Close to four, but far from a quartet. I'm not for treasure, ...
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A Lonely Lady on An Island

Riddle me this: I have a crown, but not a throne, And a flame that does not burn. I hold a book with numbers shown, But the pages can't be turned. My giant robes are always green; My ...
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Before This, I May Hide; After This, I'm Fortified

Riddle me this: Flames are home to one of mine; Of truth and suffering, I exist; Up when dark my phases shine; Read a compass, I insist. Faith included, they bring luck; Other weathers ...
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Yesterday, I Had Tears

Riddle Me This: I am filled with tears, But you won't see me cry; I've been known for years, But unexplored am I; Below, the light clears, But my face appears high. Tomorrow, I'll have ...
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How does one write a short riddle that is not too vague and not too obvious?

I have recently been offered to write riddles for a shop, which I will not go into too much detail about (because that is personal). However, I will say that the shop mostly prefers a riddle up to ...
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Wordplay is Heavier Than Me

Riddle me this: Usually, I am prepared, If only correctly designed; Otherwise I am impaired, Though once I am made, I am blind. My travels remain unforeseen, By makers as well as the ...
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Always $\&$ Never

This post has the same exact title, but it is not related in any way apart from the fact that it is also a riddle; all my riddles are (hopefully) original and created by me. Riddle me this: ...
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There is a Phobia of Climbing Me, and a Phobia of Staring at Me

Riddle me this: I always head up or down, straight or in a spiral. Jacob dreamed of Heaven via me inside the Bible. I never head sideways, as that is a different way. When home ...
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Your Friend Will Hide Away, If Light Will Not Display

Riddle me this: My counter has a speed, And loves to play with fire. The set becomes my seed, When twinkles then respire. I am not transparent, My leading property. I might not look so ...
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A Day in a Life o' Me

Riddle me this: I form ticks and crosses, But I have not a pen. You check me during pauses, Every now and then. I have a pair of hands, But I have not an arm. Every day demands, For me ...
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Does the Answer Look Certain?

Riddle me this: The curious obtain a desire, To draw me back from the glass. Remove the obvious liar, To find me in first class. But before you play the third, You must take out the ...
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Straddling the line between poem and puzzle

Some say I'm dishonest, that I am a cheat, a no-good hoodwinker and full of deceit! But I disagree, for I hold a good conscience, just ask my friend Deedee, she'll tell you it's nonsense The truth ...
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Another New Riddle I Designed

Riddle me this: If you want to find me, then here's my suggestion: You must look in a barnyard and forget the question. Fill the gap with yourself, but do not change the sound; ...
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One of my Brothers Live on Wilson, Created by Someone Born in Britain

Riddle me this: Curved material inside, Reveal what is too far away. Only when turned to the sky, Stars are brighter in grey. Seven years overdue, Before lifting off the ground. Orbiting,...
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Water is Thinner

You might need to know this before I begin: The largest organ of your body is your skin. Riddle me this: I am connected to pressure, Much like what I am behind, As air passes ...
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They Pierced My Side After I Had Commended, to Which They Realised All of This Was Intended

Riddle me this: They put nails in me, although I am not a frame. Above my crown was a mock of my name. Luke had written what I said to the daughters. Embark without me — I may walk on the ...
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We Have Explored Every Lane

Riddle me this: I am rotund and one with a barrow, Though you must take out only the first, In the name of the youngest pharoah, Otherwise, my shape is accursed. I can stroll and am two ...
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Two Tails Interlinked

Riddle Me This: I gallop in pairs underneath all the waves. I hope that my children aren't what he depraves. I'm upright, not forward like most of my friends. I thank my ...
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I am described by temperature, and never by looks. I might be found in your camera, as well as children's books

Riddle me this: I am described by temperature, and never by looks. I might be found in your camera, as well as children's books. I described what you observed, but perhaps not at ...
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My scream becomes louder the faster I advance, though I do not have a mouth and will never in my circumstance

Riddle me this: My scream becomes louder the faster I advance, Though I do not have a mouth and will never in my circumstance. The moment I depart is the moment I arrive, Though ...
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There should be two, but instead there is three. I am connected to the concept of you and me

Riddle me this: There should be two, but instead there is three. I am connected to the concept of you and me. My first can be left to the right, conspicuously; It perceives ...
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I am an instrument if I am joined with a board, to which you could use me to play an abundance of chords

Riddle me this: I am an instrument if I am joined with a board, To which you could use me to play an abundance of chords. I am a foundation if I am joined with a stone, To which ...
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In the beginning, I rise; in the end I fall. In the beginning, I am large; in the end, I am small

Riddle me this: In the beginning, I rise; in the end, I fall. In the beginning, I am large; in the end, I am small. I firstly expanded, but I will soon contract. I was lucky to ...
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I may have initials but I do not have a name. My purposes have brought myself plenty of fame

Riddle me this: I may have initials, but I do not have a name. My purposes have brought myself plenty of fame. I have brothers and sisters and cousins and more. We make stories ...
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I can be still but never is the air. Unless my strings do not feel horsehair

Riddle me this: I can be still, but never is the air; Unless my strings do not feel horsehair. I am a combination of maple and spruce. Most find difficulty when I am first ...
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I have more than one face, but I have no eyes. I roll out of hand during multiple tries

Riddle me this: I have more than one face, but I have no eyes. I roll out of hand during multiple tries. I very much often do not roll alone; I have a partner, who like myself, ...
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Cryptic Haiku: Cornflakes are the bomb

Bailing out on me? I'm sure it will be okay #Corn Flakes are the bomb Looking for a particular event, and for a bonus, I would be impressed with a particular number Hint 1: Hint 2: Hint ...
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Iambic Pentameter

Part of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1 The type of party that may startle you Defiant age range, kids no longer sweet Irrat'nal number formed when over two For adult and ...
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Wisdom of the Ancients

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. In the future, an ancient book of old proverbs in the form of haikus has been found, here's the transcription of the first page: ...
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A Non-Platonic Riddle

On the outside I may sound Like some holy thing. Paint on me a halo, Seven colors I require. Since I'm wrapped around the void, You may fill me up with air. Let me hold your language  &...
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Who is William?

Meadow of visions The tranquility of young sheep The pious, the wretched, and the unsightly Pirates of the misplaced vessel Liberate William
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What am I - An enigmatic haiku [closed]

I'm part of a whole Re-united we are none Something yet nothing What am I?
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Ot wes thi bist uf tomis

Oh, I really, REALLY love poetry in regional dialects: ...
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A Confused Riddle Subject

I thought that I was a kind of cake... Or no, maybe installing without me would be an ache! Oh, I've got it now: I surely convey stuff. I give up... I'm some pasta. Enough! Can you ...
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strange but true historical haiku

Kingdom without king while surrounded by itself was declaring war, without wanting land. Led by a fleet admiral, without a navy. But it had demands, from many other ...
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Find the original 'dreamy' quote

Grandson, living is key my life was short, but what I did in life, is love it all, so live your life as I have lived mine... full. I saw another puzzle in this vein and thought I would take ...
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The Best Day of the Week

To speak beneath the somber air Oh, where the cattle meet! To find a belle to stay awhile And linger as we eat To kill a mate, two may suffice; And let us acquiesce To making war with all of ...
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Another Next Number Question

This is a bit different number sequence. Format and punctuation are on purpose. What are the blanks? 4 1 2 2 '1 2, 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1: 1 2 1 1 3, _ _ _ _ _. ...
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What in the world is this?

Lots of people pluck me in into what they plug in For they do not need me to do what I give them But they prefer me over the other Because I’m more collectible Everyone got to have ...
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Ode to convergence

Taking a numeral core (digits: a non-quad four) digits I ordered, then lesser I minused, till evolve I couldn't more. What is this unfathomably clunky poem all about?
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A Land Between Two Worlds

West of the Meridian, Opposite of the Indian. A Frozen Land, Its Discovery Unplanned. The Tomb of Cold, A Rift Taking Hold. Land of Flames and Ice, From Endless Night to ...
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Building blocks (1st of a riddle series)

"We are the basic building blocks of something you use everyday. We constitute them almost all, being part of them in some way. We're like a ray in some respect, in that we begin and ...
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A Tau Snug John?

Look to space to see planets eight, You'd probably waste where's I'd just wait. Multiply Fifty and Three, Ten Million times, Tis when evolution made me, Living in pond scum, What a great time whoopee....
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Who am I, and where do I live?

In the south of the north of the north Lies a castle to which a king came forth Amen to the prince who mourns To whom the crown adorns Who am I? Hint: Hint 2: