Riddles 21

United Bodies

Two bodies have I,
though both joined in one.
The more still I stand,
the quicker I run.What am I?

An hourglass.

Token of Love

A thousand colored folds stretch toward the sky,
Atop a tender strand,
Rising from the land,
‘Til killed by maiden’s hand,
Perhaps a token of love, perhaps to say goodbye.

A flower.

One Hundred Legs!

I have a hundred legs, but cannot stand, a long neck but no head; I ease the maid’s life. What am I?

A broom.

Seen Daily

I do not breathe, but I run and jump.
I do not eat, but I swim and stretch.
I do not drink, but I sleep and stand.
I do not think, but I grow and play.
I do not see, but you see me every day.
What am I?

I am a leg.


If you break me, I’ll not stop working.
If you can touch me, my work is done.
If you lose me, you must find me with a ring soon after.
What am I?

A heart.

Always Returning

People are hired to get rid of me.
I’m often hiding under your bed.
In time I’ll always return you see.
Bite me and you’re surely dead.
What am I?



At the sound of me, men may dream
Or stamp their feet
At the sound of me, women may laugh
Or sometimes weep.
What am I?


To Be Unseen

Tool of thief, toy of queen.
Always used to be unseen.
Sign of joy, sign of sorrow.
Giving all likeness borrowed.

A mask.

Tongue Hanging

Runs over fields and woods all day
Under the bed at night sits not alone,
With long tongue hanging out,
Awaiting for a bone.

A shoe.

Cute in the Sun

My head bobs lazily in the sun.
You think I’m cute,
For my face is yellow,
My hair is white,
and my body is green.What am I?

A daisy.

Endless Sea

Large as a mountain, small as a pea,
Endlessly swimming in a waterless sea.


A Yellow Fork

I am, in truth, a yellow fork
From tables in the sky
By inadvertent fingers dropped
The awful cutlery.
Of mansions never quite disclosed
And never quite concealed
The apparatus of the dark
To ignorance revealed.


Small and Bare

I’ve measured it from side to side,
‘Tis three feet long and two feet wide.
It is of compass small, and bare
To thirsty suns and parching air.

The grave of a child.

Sweet in the Sun

When young, I am sweet in the sun.
When middle-aged, I make you gay.
When old, I am valued more than ever.


Big Family

Four people are sitting around a campfire after a long day of recreation, when one man comments: “Do you realize that around this campfire, the four of us include a mother, father, brother, sister, son, daughter, niece, nephew, aunt, uncle and a couple cousins”?. If everyone is related by blood (with no unusual marriages) how is this possible?

The campfire circle includes a woman and her brother. The woman’s daughter and the man’s son are also present.

Unfree Love

I drive men mad
For love of me,
Easily beaten,
Never free.
What am I?


Hidden Weight

Lighter than what
I am made of,
More of me is hidden
Than is seen.
What am I?

An iceberg.

Blood Thirsty

Ripped from my mother’s womb,
Beaten and burned,
I become a blood-thirsty slayer,
What am I?

Iron ore.

Ready For Work

You will find me with four legs, but no hair.
People ride me for hours, but I don’t go anywhere.
Without needing to be tugged, jerked or turned on,
I always manage to be ready for work.
What am I?

A desk.

Shy Word

My first is in some but not in all.
My second in into but not in tall.
My third in little but not in big.
My fourth in pork but not in pig.
My whole is made in nature?s way.
For clothing, rugs used every day.

I am Silk.

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