"Still Life With a Volume of Wither’s Emblemes" by Edward Collier20 Riddles by Evan Mantyk The Society October 23, 2020 Children's, Culture, Poetry, Riddles 42 Comments Post your answers in the comments section below. I. A place that never is in its own place And where it is is where it’s made to be; Not that it’s made from scratch within that space Where traces of the feet one’s bound to see. Oh no, it comes from interwoven thread Of those who ever on it stomp and tread. What am I? II. My gaze looks everywhere to find something While others look at me and find nothing, For I am bald and scarred upon my face— Of interesting features there’s no trace. But still they look each month when I return, My brilliance is a trait for which they yearn. What am I? III. I traveled from the East to West And there I met a red-skinned friend And others who brought life some zest, Some sweet, some salty—a perfect blend. A body long and slender frame Are also how you’ll know my name. What am I? IV. Is slavery a violation of man’s rights? When it built civilizations of the whites That benefit still now the likes of me and you? Could what is normal and once good be now untrue? When I surrendered to the North at Appomattox I left these questions in the dust with the Romantics. Who am I? V. My belly scratches on the ceiling; My feet are twisted ‘round your hands; I sometimes have an electric feeling, Which will ensure that your hair stands. What am I? VI. A poet who’s famous but none understand, Who sees every era and sees every land, And after events he predicted occur, It still seems unclear and some still won’t concur. Who am I? VII. Oh no! I need a guide to show me where Has gone my missing hand. And where’s my hair? I cannot quite make out what place I’m at, And why I feel as if my life is flat. Alas! I need to find life’s boundaries, Then filling in the rest will come with ease. You’re still perplexed? Well if you want to win a Prize, don’t pout: I’m just a person in a… VIII. The character that’s most portrayed In movies on the shining screen. A Roman greeting is displayed When his long Benz rolls on the scene. Who am I? IX. I have eight siblings who are bigger, Who see how strange I am and snigger. I can’t keep straight in line with them Or follow their rules, so they condemn Me with derogatory names— I’m some weird “dwarf,” or so one claims. What am I? X. He comes for you with sharpened blades Destroying what you’ve long been doing. In darkness he around you wades To cut off what you’ve been accruing. Who am I? XI. I’m traveling and yet I’m fixed, I’m landing on three continents, My taste for history is mixed My upper half likes governments Of Greek and Roman Republics; My lower half likes establishments Of royalty and Sons of Gods Who wield Egyptian iron rods. What am I? XII. I feed on ancient glory’s prize But trample over other’s lives. I forge great nations yet destroy The very people I employ, And every leader must consider If I show up and make lives bitter, What will they sacrifice to me On fields where some win victory? What am I? XIII. I have a head, two arms, and symmetry, My mother makes a sweet and sticky treat, You may therefore enjoy my company Especially on hot days, have a seat Beneath me and my brethren’s canopy, Where coolness from our shade may sway your feet. What am I? XIV. Time can’t touch him as he flies; History beneath him lies Like the buildings, and he the clouds Gazed at by the dazzled crowds Ever wondering if he’s More than children’s imagery. Mercy in a form that’s linked, In a sort of secret wink, Back to Heaven’s holy Saints; That’s the fresco that he paints Wrapped in pageantry inspiring, Filled with music worth admiring, Jingling without expiring, Notes of hope and faith conspiring. Who is he that flies? XV. I’m held a prisoner and forced to hit At faultless folks who did no crime commit, And yet I live in court like royalty, Enjoying all the love that life serves me. What am I? XVI. A magic salve that can transform A surface darkening like a storm Into a sleek and perfect form. I may leave cuts; that is the norm. What am I? XVII. To fail just once is bad enough But two more times is awfully rough. Though if your heart is good and true, These crushing fails will remake you Into a christened leader, tough Enough to see key changes through. What Saint am I? XVIII. A traveler who misbehaves While transporting himself on waves, He crosses borders where he likes And if he stays, the danger spikes. The easiest way to stop him known Is putting on his path a bone. What is he? XIX. Only he can lift his weapon Just as he is only left in Battles against many foes who Cannot make their spear heads go through Him, who seems invincible, yet Can be stubborn as a bull set On some grudge that he’s still holding While the good guys are near folding, But don’t worry he’ll come back swinging Still his praises we’ll be singing Of this god who seems half mortal, His refinement, and the moral. —Wait! that riddle is too easy, So for you to win and please me, Name two characters both matching That description—start head scratching! XX. I roll around the neighborhood While wearing my exquisite rings. My vast blue suit is understood To be one of the coolest things. What am I? Evan Mantyk teaches literature and history in New York and is President of The Society of Classical Poets. I. Rug / Carpet | II. Moon | III. Noodle | IV. Robert E. Lee | V. Balloon | VI. Nostradamus | VII. Puzzle | VIII. Adolf Hitler | IX. Pluto | X. Barber | XI. The Mediterranean Sea | XII. War | XIII. Maple Leaf | XIV. St. Nicholas, Santa Claus | XV. Tennis Racquet | XVI. Shaving Cream | XVII. Saint Peter | XVIII. X-ray | XIX. Achilles (ancient Greece mythology); The Monkey King (classic Chinese literature) | XX. Uranus NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 42 Responses Mark F. Stone October 23, 2020 IV. General Robert E. Lee VI. Nostradamus Reply Evan Mantyk October 23, 2020 Right and right. Reply Margaret Coats October 23, 2020 II. the moon XII. war Reply Evan Mantyk October 23, 2020 Right and right. Reply Jeff Eardley October 23, 2020 Jalapeno Reply Jeff Eardley October 23, 2020 III Reply Evan Mantyk October 23, 2020 Jeff, the Jalapeno traveled from the West (Mexico) to the East, in theory. You are on the right track. It is a food. Jeff Eardley October 24, 2020 Cucumber? Evan Mantyk October 24, 2020 Not a cucumber, Jeff. Not a fruit or vegetable, but indeed a food. Mike Bryant October 24, 2020 Evan… it must be spaghetti. The sweetness of the tomato, red-skinned, is the perfect companion along with olives, bell peppers and an array of herbs. There are many stories of spaghetti’s origins, but everyone knows that China is the most popular one. From the internet… Italian spaghetti, plural of spaghetto “string, twine,” diminutive of spago “cord,” of uncertain origin. Evan Mantyk October 25, 2020 That’s right, Mike. The answer is noodles, the common belief, true or not, being that Marco Polo brought it back to Italy from Asia. Susan Jarvis Bryant October 23, 2020 IX Pluto – the 9th planet from the sun. Perhaps this is why it’s riddle number 9 🙂 Reply Evan Mantyk October 24, 2020 Right! Reply Mike Bryant October 23, 2020 Could XIV be jolly old Saint Nick? Ho Ho Ho !!!! Reply Evan Mantyk October 24, 2020 Indeed, it is, Mike! Reply Jeff Eardley October 25, 2020 VIII Adolph Hitler? Reply Evan Mantyk October 25, 2020 Right, Jeff! Reply Margaret Coats October 26, 2020 X. the Grim Reaper Reply Evan Mantyk October 26, 2020 Margaret, good guess. That is the misdirection answer. Key words “long” and “cut off” Reply Margaret Coats October 26, 2020 You can’t mean it is a barber who cuts hair in the dark! Mike Bryant October 26, 2020 Margaret, perhaps it’s only dark for the guy sitting in the chair… at least until the barber trims his bangs. 🙂 Evan Mantyk October 26, 2020 You have it, Margaret! And Mike has cracked the clue. Thank you, both. Jeff Eardley October 28, 2020 XIII. Aphids? Reply Jeff Eardley October 28, 2020 XIII. Aphids? Reply Roy E. Peterson October 28, 2020 I. Could be a floor mat. VIII. Could be the MGM Lion. XV. Could be a tennis racquet. XX. The closest I can come is fog or frost. Reply Evan Mantyk October 28, 2020 I. That’s more or less right. A rug or carpet. VIII. Someone already guessed this one: Hitler XV. Right! XX. No. Hint: Much vaster than fog or frost. Reply Jeff Eardley October 29, 2020 XX planet earth Reply Evan Mantyk October 29, 2020 Jeff, you are on the track. Which planet fits the riddle? Reply Jeff Eardley October 29, 2020 It can only be Saturn. Susan Jarvis Bryant October 29, 2020 XX Neptune? It’s blue with rings that were discovered in 1984. Reply Mike Bryant October 29, 2020 XX or is it Uranus, which is also blue, also has rings, and is apparently cooler than Neptune? If you are looking at the lowest recorded temp, it’s Uranus. If you are looking at the lowest average temp, it’s Neptune. https://starsplanetsmoon.com/coldest-planet-in-the-solar-system/ Reply Jeff Eardley October 29, 2020 The equator of Uranus is at a right angle to its Solar orbit so it “Rolls” around the solar system like a car wheel. Reply Evan Mantyk October 29, 2020 Uranus is correct! It rolls on its side, has rings, and is an “ice giant.” Reply Jerry Bolles October 30, 2020 XI : Mediterranean Sea Reply Evan Mantyk October 31, 2020 Right, Jerry! Reply Roy E. Peterson November 1, 2020 18. Pirate? 19. Ares/Mars and Thor? Reply Roy E. Peterson November 1, 2020 Pardon. That should be in Roman numerals: XVIII. Pirate? XIX. Ares/Mars and Thor? Reply Jeff Eardley November 1, 2020 XVII. Thomas H Palmer? Reply Roy E. Peterson November 1, 2020 XVII. Abraham Lincoln? Reply Evan Mantyk November 4, 2020 XIX. Roy, Thor is a very good guess, but not the answer. I will point you to Greek Mythology for one of the two answers. XVII. Some “key” words are emphasize below: To fail just once is bad enough But two more times is awfully rough. Though if your heart is good and true, These crushing fails will remake you Into a *christened* leader, tough Enough to see *key* changes through. Who am I? Reply Roy E. Peterson November 11, 2020 XIX. In my mind I am left with Poseidon and Neptune. Evan Mantyk November 16, 2020 Dear All, Thank you for your efforts! All of the answers have been added at the end of the post. 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