Riddle 17


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

“I went to the woods and I got it,
I brought it home in my hand
Because I couldn’t find it,
The more I looked for it the more I felt it,
And when I found it I threw it away.”


The last riddle I shared was from “Way Down Yonder on Troublesome Creek Appalachian Riddles & Rusties” by James Still. It was a tough one. The answer is a candle.

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


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    Sue Ritchie
    October 27, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    It,s A briar or a thorn,

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    October 27, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Could it be a spli ter.

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    Miss Cindy
    October 26, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Well, of course it’s a thorn/splinter, that makes perfect logic! I’ve been thinking about this all day and could not come up with it so this afternoon I went back to the comments to see if anyone got it…and there is was. You all are some smart folks!

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    Ken Roper
    October 26, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    I agree with Ed Ammons, it’s got to be a Splinter. I’ve had some experience with that, cause I burn wood and those blooming Splinters are really in a woodpile. Sometimes I forget to put on my gloves.

    One morning before daylight (and I take blood pressure medicine and diuretics) and had to go to the bathroom in a hurry. I jumped into my shoes and got a splinter in the bottom of my foot. I hobbled around for a couple days, and I can’t bend over that far. Finally, I went over to James McLean’s and he had a finger nail file and other attachments on his belt and he got it out. It was still sore for a few more days, but now I check my shoes. …Ken

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    John A Hickman
    October 26, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Could the answer be a SPLINTER?

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    Ed Ammons
    October 26, 2019 at 8:48 am

    That’s a splinter! I know cause I’ve had a many of ’em. My own and other people’s. I used to be the Splinter Removal Specialist at work.

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    Ron Stephens
    October 26, 2019 at 8:15 am

    It is a thorn, probably greenbriar or blackberry, but not locust.

    Speaking of thorns, you all have any honey locust up your way. I have seen a few in widely separated locations in north Georgia.

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    Roger Greene
    October 26, 2019 at 7:37 am

    A briar. (A thorn from a briar to be more exact, but here in the Uwharries we’d just say “I got a briar in my hand.)

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