Riddles

Riddle 16

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I’m sharing another riddle from “Way Down Yonder on Troublesome Creek Appalachian Riddles & Rusties” by James Still.

“Its red eye blinks, the pale tears flow,
And what its sorrow none may know.”

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The last riddle I shared was from “Way Down Yonder on Troublesome Creek Appalachian Riddles & Rusties” by James Still. More than a few of you knew the answer-which was a kitchen table.

“Awful clever,
Feeds any and everybody,
Quiet when there’s not enough,
Groans when there’s too much,
And never eats a bite.”

Tipper

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    JustAnOldGuy
    September 30, 2019 at 6:42 am

    A still being fired up. A green, sap filled log being placed on a fire.

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    Ed Ammons
    September 29, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    I think I figured it out. It’s a taper candle. Years ago candles were all the same pale white color. The same color of the lard they were made from. When you burned a taper candle the wax would melt faster than it could be burned so it would run down the side and into a little fluted cup shaped thing you sat them in. That’s the flowing pale tears. The blinking red eye is the flickering flame although I’ve never seen one with a red flame.
    Nowdays candles are all different colors. We are coming up on punkin colored candled candles that smell like punkin pie. Then it’s Christmas with red and green ones that might smell like apple pie. I keep looking for a browned candle for Thanksgiving that smells like turkey. What I really like to have though is a candle that smelled like bacon!

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    Ed Ammons
    September 29, 2019 at 9:15 am

    I give up! It has to do with a fire of some kind but nothing works right.

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