Painting of the Swiss AlpsTwo Riddles by Jack DesBois The Society July 2, 2022 Poetry, Riddles 11 Comments . Riddle This tiny thief Has ground to grief Many a mighty poem, No wiser for The learned lore He nibbles, tome by tome— But though he’ll munch My words for lunch, He never eats his own. . . Name the Novel O Little Bear! O Greenyfinch! O Snowflake, Little Swan! The fire’s on the mountain, And the day is nearly gone. Come home, come home, your master calls, Now down the mountain go: Your little mistress needs your milk To sweetly, strongly grow. O Little Swan! O Greenyfinch! Snowflake and Little Bear! You’ve grazed all day the mountain herbs And drunk the mountain air, And now your little mistress waits, And rosy gleams the snow: Come down and give your rich, white milk To make your mistress grow. Your frothy, warm, sweet nectar milk Will heal your mistress so! . Put your answers in the comments section below. . . Jack DesBois is a singer, actor, and storyteller. He gives annual Epiphany season performances of The Western Star, which he wrote in 2016. He self-published a chapbook of short poems in 2018. As a singer, Jack has had the good fortune to solo in several of the great works of Baroque Oratorio, including Handel’s Messiah (Bass) and Esther (Haman) and J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion (Jesus). Jack lives in Topsfield, Massachusetts. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: 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 email@example.com. 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. CODEC News: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) 11 Responses jd July 2, 2022 Very clever, Jack, and they both sing. Reply Michael Pietrack July 2, 2022 Riddle reminds me of a critic that finds the fault but can’t see beauty. Name the Novel – not sure They were fun to read. As JD said, there is musicality to it. Thanks for sharing. Reply Jeremiah Johnson July 2, 2022 This is random, but is the novel Heidi? Reply Joseph S. Salemi July 2, 2022 The first must be either a mouse or a bookworm. As for the second, I cannot guess, but the poem’s tone and imagery remind me of the nursery rhyme: Cushy cow, bonny cow, let down thy milk, And I shall give thee a gown of silk — A gown of silk and a silver tee, If thou wilt lay down thy milk to me, Reply Roy E. Peterson July 2, 2022 Poem 1: Joseph’s guess of a mouse seems the right one to me. Poem 2: I also guessed “Heidi” before seeing Jeremiah Johnson’s same guess. Reply Paul Freeman July 2, 2022 I’ll go for the bookworm. As for the book – a riddle for a riddle. What do you call a blind gazelle? Reply Jack DesBois July 2, 2022 Paul, I would call a blind gazelle a lion’s lunch. Reply Paul Freeman July 2, 2022 Answer: No eye deer. Jack DesBois July 2, 2022 Anyone interested in finding the answers to the riddles can look them up at https://www.desboistutoring.org/viii-inspirations.html where I originally posted them. Reply jd July 3, 2022 Very interesting link, Jack, and a beautiful family. I never did find the answer to “Riddle” though. I vote for bookworm too. Never producing any words, he has no opportunity to eat his own. Reply Jack DesBois July 3, 2022 Thank you, JD! If you scroll down toward the bottom of the webpage, you’ll find the answer to the first riddle. Reply Leave a Reply to jd 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. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.