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Wanna play a riddle & poetry game?

Asked by anartist (14722 points ) April 16th, 2012

I post a poem/riddle. You guess it and/or post your own poem/riddle.
Simple enough?

Here’s mine:

My teeth of garnet will stain you,
a stain deeper than blood or red red wine.
And I have hundreds of them.

I will lure you into my crumbling house and feed you.
I will own you.
You might lose your soul, your life, your liberty.

I brought winter into this land.
A mother bowed before me to save her only child.

Six of my teeth loosed winter into this world,
Twelve and I could have made it eternal.

Who am I?

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gailcalled's avatar

Too easy for those of us who had the Greek mythology unit in 9th grade. So I won’t give the answer away, but let the next responder answer.

Coloma's avatar

Well I’m baffled, so do tell!

Wots brown and sounds like a bell? Think Monty Python

King_Pariah's avatar

Demeter, right?

rebbel's avatar

Hades?

King_Pariah's avatar

Pomegranate

thorninmud's avatar

Pomegranate.

MilkyWay's avatar

Oh what the heck, I’ll join in too… Pomegranate!

King_Pariah's avatar

Plenty of me will heal you,
Too much of me will kill you,
There is just so much of me,
But I seem to always be running out.

What am I?

ucme's avatar

10:34pm gmt

rebbel's avatar

UK?

In the Dutch famine of ‘44 people ate me before I got the chance to grow colorful.
Three hundred years prior one could trade me for a house.

ucme's avatar

FCUK?

janbb's avatar

Tulips!

janbb's avatar

”‘Tis not as deep as a well,
nor so wide as a church-door
but tis enough
‘twill serve.”

MilkyWay's avatar

A bowl?

Coloma's avatar

Wots brown and sounds like a bell? DUNG!

MilkyWay's avatar

^Lmfao!

anartist's avatar

2JANBB methinks the wound was enough to do him in. . .
alas poor Mercutio

the classic riddle
‘Which creature in the morning goes on four legs, at mid-day on two, and in the evening upon three, and the more legs it has, the weaker it is?’

@King_Pariah couldn’t that also be water, running out with the tide?

gailcalled's avatar

Hehe. Due to our 9th grade unit on Greek mythology, I know the answer to that also.
So I’ll skip this turn also.

janbb's avatar

(me too)

anartist's avatar

Belatedly, yes, pomegranate.
and I wrote the poem myself

for bonus points, who posed the classic riddle?

Anyone else going to write their own?

anartist's avatar

another winnah! and what pray tell do you have for us?

Coloma's avatar

Aaagh..drawing a blank…gotta pass for the moment

anartist's avatar

Barkeep put these two on my tab
the river depth’s measure means nought after all.

Who am I?

janbb's avatar

Mark Twain?

janbb's avatar

A recluse in Amherst
She wrote poems—
She lived, she hid
she sickened
And was—
No more.

gailcalled's avatar

And all her verses used the rhyme—
That drove me half-insane
The Yellow Rose of Texas—
A song for auld lang syne—

janbb's avatar

And WTF is it—-
with the dashes anyway?

Coloma's avatar

Oooh you guys, my brain is in overdrive and yet, I am still not climbing this literary hill, me feels stoopid now. haha

My brain comes in on little cat feet. lol

gailcalled's avatar

@anartist: I have restrained myself twice so now get to show off.

The classic riddle was asked by the Sphinx.

anartist's avatar

@gailcalled at last. HURRAH!
That mythology background gets the spotlight it deserves!

I never took the class you mentioned but I grew up with Bullfinch’s Mythology sitting on the same shelf with all my Andrew Lang Fairytale collections. So for me it was just another good kid read.

Oh @gailcalled, surely not all her verses but I could see how this could pluck your nerves:
I WORKED for chaff, and earning wheat
Was haughty and betrayed.
What right had fields to arbitrate
In matters ratified?

gailcalled's avatar

@anartist:

There may be an exception there
In one or two brave rhymes—
but I have never read one
(And I’m the bird betimes)—

janbb's avatar

No light breaks—-
o’er this head as well
When reading works—-
by that poor Belle.

anartist's avatar

@janbb well, you can always give up
and hang out
over there
behind the shelf

janbb's avatar

(I will.)

gailcalled's avatar

@janbb: La belle vierge sans virgule

janbb's avatar

@gailcalled Ha! Tres amusante!

gailcalled's avatar

@janbb: Moi, je suppose et pas elle. Une femme jamais drĂ´le.

rebbel's avatar

I wouldn’t be surprised if that Dutchman shows up to show off his knowledge of the French language.

anartist's avatar

Me I always preferred the role of
la belle dame sans merci

gailcalled's avatar

Ce maudit néerlandais

ucme's avatar

Pass the duchie on de left hand side.

rebbel's avatar

Qui, c’est moi.
Wassup? Do I owe you Jellies an answer/explanation?

MilkyWay's avatar

I gotta headache :/

anartist's avatar

hey @rebbel nobody ever answered your riddle. Orange?

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