Looking at Riddle Poems

The Poet of the Week, Brandon Eldrich, set the Wea’ve Written Weekly poetry prompt on The Skeptic’s Kaddish blog. This week the prompt is a real challenge as we are asked to compose a riddle or “puzzle” poem. I had to really mull this prompt over. I had to think hard and even enlisted the aid of my sons. They made lots of suggestions from a banana to the Deep Water Horizon oil spill. I decided to go with this one:

I’m square or oval but mostly round
All around I can be found
From kitchen blender
To computer sender
Outside the front door
And when vacuuming the floor
Siblings find them just for fun
You’re exposed when I’m undone
Too much to eat and I will pop
Match me up bottom to top
Made of metal, plastic, bone and glass
Guess me quick, don’t be the last!

Make your guess in the comments and I’ll confirm or deny!


61 thoughts on “Looking at Riddle Poems

        1. I’m happy to see that I didn’t spoil it for everybody! I grew up singing “Button, button, who’s got the button?” so this one was pretty easy for me ! I’ll try to conceal my response a little better the next time you do one of these!


    1. Yay! Tanmay I’m tickled you got it! I had to really think about this one but the clincher was when I thought of all the metaphorical buttons my siblings found to push… And it did push me over the edge as a child!

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  1. Clearly, I have no imagination; I had to wait for the answer. Surprisingly I’m pretty good at Wordle…at least that’s what they tell me in a effort to get me to subscribe.


    1. Sangeetha! I’m tickled you are impressed!! My process was not as agonizing as writing the AI prompt. The hard part was coming up with a subject. I had considered beer but it went flat after 2 lines. There was the possibility of a dog but that idea felt like I was barking up the wrong tree… I finally found a subject for the riddle that had all the components – a familiar object, lots of attributes to list, had at least one metaphorical reference, and lent itself to rhyme. So that’s how the button became the object of this poem. Of course the rhyme was just because I chose rhyming couplets… I could have done a shadorma or even a sonnet!


    1. Sarah I broke down my process for Sangeetha in the comments… writing the poem wasn’t the hard part. It was coming up with the subject of the riddle that was agonizing. I sat on it for several days mulling and pondering and finally brainstorming with the sons.

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