Discobolus in National Roman Museum Palazzo Massimo alle TermeA Riddle by Connie Phillips The Society May 8, 2019 Culture, Humor, Poetry, Riddles 8 Comments Riddle No. 1 So astounding is this part— A major muscle, like your heart. And so astonishing its job, Without it you would be a blob: You couldn’t stand or lift or bend— You’d be a pretzel in the end. A couch potato you would be For life, if you don’t set it free With squats and stretches, lunges, presses— Exercise that leaves you breathless. Iliacus is next door, And they both help support your core. So, as I know you’re sure to guess, I’ll give no hints under duress. Just ask me what its name might be, And I’ll reply, “It’s Greek to me!” Post your answers to the riddle in the comments section below. Connie Phillips is a former English teacher and editor living in Massachusetts. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) 8 Responses Horus H May 8, 2019 Psoas major Reply connie phillips May 8, 2019 Horus, you’re spot on! It’s the psoas (a.k.a. hip flexor). Thanks for responding 🙂 Reply Horus H May 8, 2019 Thanks for the riddle, Connie! That last line was a nice touch. Horus H May 8, 2019 Hip flexors or glutes Reply Alex Andy Phuong May 8, 2019 The brain. Reply connie phillips May 8, 2019 That’s a good answer, Alex, as we would indeed be nothing without a brain or heart. But I had in mind the psoas muscles or the hip flexors, which are key to the body’s movement. Thanks very much for your response–I appreciate it. Reply C.B. Anderson May 8, 2019 Poor me. After reading this, I thought “spine.” And that just shows that I’ve got none. Reply Connie phillips May 8, 2019 Haha! Thanks for your comment, C.B.! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email.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.