"A Teasing Riddle" by Augustus Leopold EggRhyming Riddle Contest The Society July 1, 2017 Poetry Contests, Riddles 142 Comments RULES: A riddle for your thoughts? Write a rhyming riddle, any length and paste it in the comments section below with your name and area of residence. Do not include the answer. Let people guess and then respond at your discretion. One submission per contestant. Submissions should be originally written just for this contest. No submission fee. See our Riddles Section for inspiration. DEADLINE: July 31 midnight EST. Winner announced August 10. PRIZE: Official Winner’s Certificate. JUDGE: Society staff and the Advisory Board will judge (those who choose not to participate in judging may participate in the contest) NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. 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First came bolts of lightning – thunder followed close behind. The rain fell up, not downwards, but somehow I didn’t mind. Rain came up in buckets where the gutter water flows. Puddles became torrents, became rivers as they rose. Water bombs exploded with a terrifying blast; While suspended snails on silver trails proudly shuffled past. Branches grew delightfully beneath the trunks of trees. Leaves settled higher, higher, stolen downward by the breeze. I caught a glimpse of distant trucks traversing stormy roads, Driving past on cabin tops, transporting upturned loads. Washing flew aloft like kites – a most unusual sight. The neighbor’s gate had turned around, latched on bottom right. Passers-by in raincoats held umbrellas by my feet, As they darted into doorways from the overhanging street. Barking dogs defeated gravity, like flies upon a wall. Flowers wet and sodden stood up straighter, didn’t fall. Droplets on the window trickled up the window pane, While birds flew topsy-turvy, seeking shelter from the rain. What am I watching and from which vantage point? Reply David Watt July 1, 2017 I should have mentioned my area of residence is Canberra, Australia. David Watt Reply Juanita H. July 2, 2017 A flood from the bottom? Reply David Watt July 2, 2017 Hello Juanita, a flood from the bottom is pretty much a thunderstorm (or flooding rains resulting from) viewed from the bottom (an upside down vantage point). Well done! Gabriel Griffin July 2, 2017 ‘What’s got no flesh nor bone, No hands or feet to call its own, No fist to punch you, though I‘ve a hunch you Won’t get by without a blow?’ Reply Juanita H. July 2, 2017 Tornado? Reply Gabriel Griffin July 3, 2017 Hi Juanita, yes, while the riddle’s original answer was ‘wind’, ‘tornado’ fits perfectly, well done! Gabriel Rajagopal Kaimal July 4, 2017 Breath? Reply Gabriel Griffin July 4, 2017 Hi Rajagopal ! Actually I was inspired by ‘wind’ but breath could also be a good answer to this riddle. (I forgot to say before that I am in north Italy.) Juanita H. from Michigan July 2, 2017 The only U.S. president Who still is as hard as granite, And yet is cuddily and soft, Still with us but died with a cough. Reply Father Richard Libby July 2, 2017 Is it Theodore Roosevelt? Reply Juanita H. from Michigan July 2, 2017 Right! Zachary Dilks July 3, 2017 A riddle I propose Of a king who owned a castle with a strong and sturdy pony in the stable And sat beside his thrown His lovely queen that shined and dazzled like the treasures from a child’s bedtime fable The queen, before their marriage came from money from the start And she had a horse and castle just the same So they both wrote up a contract, though they married from the heart That should they part they do so with what they have to their names And though they lived and prospered time went on and they grew cold And so they figured that the two should split Divided up the castles and the horses and the gold But the queen got custody of all eight of their kids What is it? Austin, TX Reply Zachary Dilks July 3, 2017 Throne* Reply Gabriel Griffin July 4, 2017 A game of chess? Reply Gabriel Griffin July 4, 2017 A game of chess? Reply Zachary Dilks July 5, 2017 Correct Mark McPHEE July 3, 2017 From a whale of a tale I came to be; Now a mariner’s myth you hold in your hand. With froth and foam upon a Black Sea; I am short and tall and grand. What am I? Reply Gabriel Griffin July 3, 2017 Seahorse? Reply Mark McPHEE July 3, 2017 Not sure the protocol for giving the answer but it’s not a seahorse. Kay Yendole (nee McPhee co-incidentally) July 13, 2017 Albatross….from the The Tale of the Ancient Mariner Reply Mark McPHEE July 13, 2017 Thank you for taking the time to guess. A hint: the references are old but the answer is modern. Daniel Galef July 25, 2017 A cup of coffee, natch. Reply Mark McPHEE August 1, 2017 Daniel – I’ve been traveling and am just now catching up. I see that you solved this a few days ago. Way to go! Mark McPHEE August 1, 2017 The answer to this riddle is a Starbucks Cup of Coffee. (Moby Dick – Mermaid on Cup – Milk Foam on Black Coffee – Cup Sizes) Thank you everyone for the great combination of lovely language and thoughtful challenge. This has been great fun! Reply Father Richard Libby August 1, 2017 Very clever! Yolanda from Michigan July 4, 2017 I could be narrow and tall, Or wide and small, But never too far from the wall. You look at me To search and see What wonders could be binding all. Reply Gabriel Griffin July 5, 2017 Mirror? Reply Yolanda from Michigan August 8, 2017 Good guess. Key word “binding” Elizabeth October 24, 2017 Could it possibly be a curtain rod? Reply Joe Naughton. December 18, 2017 Would it be a “Shadow” Reply Rajagopal Kaimal July 4, 2017 I run and run and run. But I’ve no legs; not one. What am I? Reply Gabriel Griffin July 4, 2017 river? Reply J heras August 15, 2017 A clock ? Reply Elizabeth October 24, 2017 salmon? Reply Shawn Chang July 4, 2017 In the poem below, each and every line, Holds a missing word “CANDY” does replace; Clues — allusions — are all commonly heard, Take the letter first of each missing word To together piece and find the answer — just a Christmas phrase. Don’t be such a CANDY Scrooge, sing a song extraordinaire, And write to dear young CANDY, “Yes, he certainly is there.” Carols roam and CANDY hence as if hunted by a bear, And through five golden CANDY drifts the music fine and fair. Mister CANDY, meanest one, what a green-faced heel to sight! You ought to try to brighten just like CANDY’s nose of light… CANDY eye and willing ear pleased a Christmas very white, To dine upon green CANDY and the ham bite after bite. Twilight fades and so we must in the silent CANDY go To pray that Vixen, CANDY will with Dancer, Prancer show; In this one-horse CANDY sleigh bells are jingling row on row, And up we trim our CANDY and our aunts from head to toe. Loving thanks exchanged tonight, like the Magi’s CANDY fine And next morning all will find, CANDY heroes, yours and mine. Reply Shawn Chang July 4, 2017 Oops I forgot. Name: Shawn Chang Area of Residence: Richmond, BC, Canada Reply Juanita H. August 4, 2017 Under Mistletoe? Father Richard Libby August 4, 2017 Here’s a stumper! I’ve been wrestling with it but, thus far, to no avail. I’ll give it another shot in a few days. (I’m busy on weekends!) Reply Cathy Bryant July 5, 2017 Medical Riddle My first is in bandage but not in wrap My second’s in drip but not in tap My third’s in suture and also in stitch, and my fourth is in doctor and also in rich. My fifth’s in operation but not in pre-med My sixth’s in a mattress but not a clean bed. My seventh’s in forceps and also in knife My eighth is in mortal, so not in life My ninth is in nursing but not in kind My tenth is in treatment but not in mind As a patient you’ll hear it again and again – for my whole is what doctors say when they mean ‘pain’. – Cathy Bryant, from Disley, Cheshire, UK Reply Gabriel Griffin July 5, 2017 Discomfort, right? Reply Cathy Bryant July 5, 2017 Correct! James A. Tweedie July 5, 2017 Nice riddle. It made me think . . . it made me smile. Reply Cathy Bryant July 6, 2017 Thank you, James! Ram July 25, 2017 Wow! Discomfort expressed so eloquently? Reply Cathy Bryant July 26, 2017 I’ve had lots of experience of hospitals! 🙂 James A. Tweedie July 5, 2017 I have a body and a head, When steamed I sometimes get quite red. Yet whether weak, robust or strong, You’ll see me hoisted with a song, By urban dilettantes and sots In carboys, growlers, stoups and pots. But pale or dark, or thin or stout, The house is sad if I run out. It now is time to end this game. You’re now on tap to guess my name. James A. Tweedie, Long Beach, Washington Reply Gabriel Griffin July 5, 2017 Ale (or beer)? Reply James A. Tweedie July 5, 2017 As my First Prize winner you will receive a firkin of fermented gherkins delivered to your door by an Amazon drone–or not. 😉 Gabriel Griffin July 5, 2017 Sounds good – I can almost taste the tangy sourness! Mark McPHEE July 5, 2017 Craft Beer of all kinds? Near Seattle too… Reply Cathy Bryant July 6, 2017 Well I don’t win anything – I thought it was lobster! Reply Angela Porter, Gloucestershire, England July 7, 2017 They lurk and swirl, en masse with force. A hungry group, mouths open wide. The shadows of a human sought, Their blotches black, red-orange swiped. Reply Gabriel Griffin July 13, 2017 could the answer be vultures? Reply Kay Yendole July 13, 2017 could they be bats? Father Richard Libby July 23, 2017 Mosquitos? Reply Kay Yendole July 24, 2017 Perhaps a ladybird? Ram July 25, 2017 Mosquitos? Reply Juanita H. August 4, 2017 The red-winged black bird? Mauricio Gonzalez Jr July 9, 2017 I come in second always and create something sweet. You can catch me in the sky even on a sheet. What am I? Area of Res: CA, USA Reply Joan Carol Fullmore July 9, 2017 This riddle is driving me crazy!!! It is the best so far in my opinion! I guessed Belle for the very first one but he gave the answer before I could submit so I have to try this one!! I have had 3 ideas so far and none make total sense: I am going with BANANA for my first guess Reply Gabriel Griffin July 9, 2017 Ice? Reply Damian Robin July 12, 2017 Are you a shifty ‘s’ being deviously expressed? That’s what I have guessed. All the best. Reply Daniel Galef July 25, 2017 A bee, I should think? Reply Father Richard Libby July 31, 2017 Like Mr. Robin, I’m guessing: the letter “s”. Reply Joan Carol Fullmore July 31, 2017 Please explain what you and Damian see? Looks like Mauricio has dropped out of sight! Father Richard Libby August 1, 2017 The letter “s” is in each of the words he mentioned: second, sweet, sky, and sheet. Of course, I’m just guessing. Joan Fullmore August 1, 2017 Thank You! I love these riddles, just can’t figure any out Kay Yendole July 13, 2017 Riddles competition What am I? what am I if full of woe? You sold me down the river so I nearly died out for your greed Of fur coats that you think you need But I’m back and now you can’t Get rid of me oh no you shan’t For I have joined the rank of those You fear and greatly oppose Just like the rat, the vermin plague unrefined Haunts you, can you guess my name so mustalined? Reply Cathy Bryant July 13, 2017 In the UK this would apply to the mink! Reply Kayyendole July 25, 2017 Correct Ram July 25, 2017 I think it is mink Reply Kayyendole July 25, 2017 Correct Benjamin L. Perez July 14, 2017 What’s between, what’s beyond, What’s little, what’s long, What’s nigh, what’s never, What’s hence, what’s hither, What’s tended, what’s taken, What’s here, what’s hidden, What’s behind, what’s before, What’s ahead, what’s afar, What’s steady, what’s still, What’s up, what’s until, What’s late, what’s latter, What’s always, what’s after, What’s in, what’s idle, What’s first, what’s final, What’s leading, what’s lost, What’s passing, what’s past, What’s nearing, what’s near, What’s more, what’s mere, What’s last, what’s left, What’s since, what’s set, What’s bound, what’s broken, What’s out, what’s open, What’s stopping, what’s stretching, What’s retreating, what’s returning, What’s coming, what’s come, What’s going, what’s gone? — Benjamin L. Pérez Fuchu, Japan Reply Mark McPHEE July 15, 2017 Time? Reply Benjamin L. Perez July 15, 2017 Yes. PS: The poem’s title/subtitle is TEMPUS (chronos ∞ kairos) Daniel Galef July 18, 2017 I’ll tell you of a fearsome beast That’s quite bizarre, to say the least: A Satyr’s trunk is at its core, And legs of a mighty Minotaur. A Mermaid’s arms to these are wed, Then topped with the Sphinx’s noble head. Such a monstrous mix this beast would be, Which I should never hope to see! (To make this piecewise picture clearer, Just look into the nearest mirror.) Reply Benjamin L. Perez July 18, 2017 That’s a good one. And fun to read. “Man” (“human”), right? Reply Daniel Galef July 25, 2017 Yep! The oldest riddle there is, just spruced up a bit. Ram July 25, 2017 Riddle I can run, But cannot walk; I have hands Like cheese and chalk. What am I? Reply Cathy Bryant July 25, 2017 A clock? Reply Ram July 25, 2017 You guessed it right! Ram July 25, 2017 I have no mind I can think I never sleep Not a wink I do not eat Not do I drink There is nothing I can’t link Ask me questions I don’t blink What am I? Please do think. Reply Daniel Galef July 25, 2017 computer Reply Ram July 25, 2017 Hi Daniel, Almost but not quite! Computer did go to ‘sleep’ when it is not active. It cannot make the links It also cannot answer so the question… By itself. The answer I have I’m mind is something else… IceManD February 8, 2018 AI ? artificial intelligence Reply IceManD February 8, 2018 Ahh I see the answer is posted. Sorry about that. Feel free to delete these 2 comments. I do not see a way to do that. Ram July 25, 2017 Oh yes I forgot. I live in Mumbai,India Reply Joan Fullmore July 25, 2017 The HIGHER SELF Reply Ram July 25, 2017 Joan,u stumped me! I must admit that your interpretation fits the riddle to a. T. But honestly, the solution I had in mind is different Joan Carol Fullmore July 26, 2017 Thanks Ram! I thought computer at first but I know mine goes on the blink sometimes :-). When I saw you were from Mumbai I immediately went to the Vedantic interpretation :-). I am anxious to know the answer when someone guesses – I am going to keep pondering! Ram July 26, 2017 Ok. Don’t want to keep you guessing. If you had guessed computer you were pretty close. The answer is: search engine.! A combination of hardware and software the search engine does all that I had mentioned… But when you came up with the vedantic solution, it was just perfect! Joan Carol Fullmore July 26, 2017 Thanks Ram!! You should share your riddle with the great Vedantic Swamis of the Sri Ramakrishna Order- Math and Mission – they would LOVE it!!! Ram July 26, 2017 Joan, you seem to have in depth knowledge of vedanta!I am impressed. Reply Joan Carol Fullmore July 26, 2017 Yes – I am a member of Vedanta Society for 33 years 🙂 Reply Ram July 27, 2017 You must be a veteran in vedanta by now! Ram July 27, 2017 Two or one? My name means two things that you get to see You consume one, the other consumes you, As far apart as the sky from the sea, A part of your daily life are these two One causes addiction, another cures, Their forms and functions are different too, One gives you protection from illness sure, Other-knowledge and entertainment too. From the attacks of illness one screens you One a screen that takes you to another world One is given by doctors to help you, One is bought in vanity truth be told. You cant live without one is what you think And the other keeps your health in the pink Reply Joan Carol Fullmore July 31, 2017 This one is bugging me Ram 🙂 Reply Ram August 1, 2017 Hi Joan, Not to worry! It is tablet.. One is a pill that the doctor prescribes when you are I’ll. The other is a tablet pc like your iPad… Both are called…. Tablet:) Joan Fullmore August 1, 2017 This is fantastically clever! You are a natural at this riddle game. Reply Ram August 1, 2017 Thank you, Joan! I love riddles but this is the first time I am setting them to verse 🙂 Nivedita Karthik July 31, 2017 My rivers and seas run dry and mountain peaks don’t reach up high My roads are never jammed with cars and I have neither sun nor sky nor stars. I come equipped with a key to help you unravel me. What is it you think I am? -Nivedita Karthik Chennai, India Reply Ram July 31, 2017 World jigsaw puzzle? Reply Nivedita Karthik July 31, 2017 Sorry, no. Father Richard Libby July 31, 2017 A map? Reply Nivedita Karthik August 1, 2017 Right you are! Father Richard Libby August 1, 2017 I tip my hat to Ram, whose answer got me thinking along the proper lines. Kay August 4, 2017 How about a map? Reply Father Richard Libby July 31, 2017 You see me nearly daily but you rarely pay me mind. I’m at your side, above your head, in front of you, behind; It’s rare that I’m beneath your feet, unless there’s been a spill. (Just drop a cloth beforehand and apply me with great skill.) You try to make me thinner, but in truth, I am not fat. I have no shape to speak of; once you use me, I am flat. When I am fresh, you’ll smell me, for my scent is in the air, But, later on, you’ll brush on by as if I wasn’t there. What am I? Fr. Richard Libby, Corpus Christi, TX Reply Joan Fullmore August 1, 2017 Gravity? Reply Father Richard Libby August 1, 2017 No, but that’s a good guess! Joan Fullmore August 4, 2017 Elbow? Father Richard Libby August 4, 2017 No, it’s not an elbow. Ram August 2, 2017 Hair dye? BTW, thank you for looking my guess on Nivedita’s poem! Reply Father Richard Libby August 2, 2017 You’re welcome, Ram! No, I’m sorry, it isn’t hair dye! Joan Carol Fullmore August 8, 2017 I should have done what Father Libby did and use your guess as a launching point :-). dye is hair paint 🙂 Joan Fullmore August 4, 2017 This is the winner! Trying to guess Is driving me nuts!…and as my Dad would say “how can you tell?” Reply Juanita H. August 7, 2017 PAINT!!! Reply Joan Carol Fullmore August 7, 2017 Brilliant! I bet you are right! It has been driving me nuts!!! 🙂 Father Richard Libby August 8, 2017 Paint it is! Congratulations, Juanita H.! Gabriel Griffin August 2, 2017 I thought of shadow but it doesn’t fit all the lines Reply Riddle January 28, 2018 I lie But my brothers do not I am sick and dying But they are well and nourished Soon they will lie as well To steal the food they need but won’t find And we will be chased by long-necked monsters with teeth And be trapped together in the dark Or burn to ash. As our family reunites with us What time is it? Reply James A. Tweedie January 29, 2018 It’s time to wake up, scream, turn on the light, search under the bed, look in the closet, jump out the window and start running for your life. Am I close? Reply Riddle February 1, 2018 Sorry, no. Joe Naughton. Ireland. February 1, 2018 Is it time to put on a log (Ash) fire Reply Faye February 7, 2018 Is it weeds? Reply Faye February 7, 2018 Is it leaves in the fall? Reply Joan Carol Fullmore February 1, 2018 Hate to be negative but my first impression was cancer cells talking to healthy cells. Reply Riddle February 4, 2018 Hint: Two key words/phrases in it are: ‘Long-necked monsters with teeth’; and ‘nourished’. Reply James A. Tweedie February 4, 2018 Okay, here is a really far-out guess. “Long-necked monsters with teeth” were dinosaurs and the riddle describes “the Cretaceous–Tertiary (K–T) extinction, a mass extinction of some three-quarters of the plant and animal species on Earth that occurred over a geologically short period of time.” (quote from Wikipedia). An event precipitated by the incinerating (“burned to ash”) impact of a massive meteor/asteroid off the coast of what is now the Yucatan Peninsula in Central America. The subsequent radiation and loss of sunlight (“trapped together in the dark”) destroyed vegetation/plankton resulting in the starvation of both herbivores and the carnivores which depended on them for food (“the food they need but cannot find”). To “lie” in this case, does not mean to be dishonest, but to literally lie down and die. What time is it? Approximately 66 million years ago. Reply Riddle February 6, 2018 That really was a far-out guess! You got the “I lie” part correct though. The long-necked monsters . . . don’t think so literally. (HINT: The monsters can be found in a garden shed.) Reply Joe Naughton. Ireland. February 6, 2018 I lie – Tree has fallen and is diseased (Root rot) as will the other brothers soon. while they are nourished now they soon will fall (Lie). long-necked monsters with teeth would be a chainsaw? And be trapped together in the dark – Stored in a wood shed? Or burn to ash. – used as firewood following which the carbon is released thus re-uniting in the atmosphere. As our family reunites with us What time is it? – Time to stop global warming Reply Riddle February 6, 2018 Wow! Closest guess so far! It does have something to do with trees. Many lines have accurate guesses, but they relate to something else. Reply Riddle February 7, 2018 Faye, you answered the riddle! What time is it? It is fall/autumn. Reply Riddle February 8, 2018 I lie – leaf on the ground But my brothers do not – the other leaves are still on the tree I am sick and dying – shriveling up But they are well and nourished. Soon they will lie as well – soon they will fall as well To steal the food they need but won’t find – looking for water and nurtrients And we will be chased by long-necked monsters with teeth – rake Or trapped together in the dark – black garbage bag on the curb Or burn to ash As our family reunites with us -as the rest of the leaves fall What time is it? – It is the season of Autumn Reply Joe Naughton. Ireland. February 8, 2018 A very good riddle. Well done. Joe. Reply IceManD February 8, 2018 Dirty cleans up with pirates .. you tell me why it’s (so) .. I just made this up and 6 people can’t figure it out yet so i looked for a place to submit it. I reached for the rhyming (pirates/why it’s) it’s not really a rhyming riddle but I liked your site and posts. Everything you need to solve it is in the riddle. IceManD Think differently! Reply jcf108 February 8, 2018 Now you have 7! LOL My first vision was my grandson taking a bath with his miniature ship and pirates – the only way I could get him to stay in the tub for a while!! LOL Reply IceManD February 8, 2018 Haha omg too cute! Well, I will add you to the 16 engineers and artists that haven’t been able to get it (without hints) .. so 17 now. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.