Guarded QueenRiddles are little poems or phrases that pose a question that needs answering. Riddles frequently rhyme, but this is not a requirement.
I am a queen, beautiful and
Covered with a sweet fragrance,
Guarded by five guardsmen,
Two of them clean-shaven,
Two of them unshaven,
And the last one half-shaven.
What am I?
When you look at a rose, the colored petals forming the rose represent the queen.
The five green leaf-like flaps below the petals, called sepals, represent the five guardsmen.
At closer inspection, you will see these five leaves have very distinct characteristics.
Two of them are clean-shaven, meaning smooth edges on both sides.
Two of them are unshaven, meaning on both sides of the leaf there are small little tentacles, sometimes very fine, sometimes larger.
And the last one is half-shaven, meaning one smooth edge and one 'tentacle' edge.
Another interesting thing is that you'll always find a smooth edge and a 'tentacle' edge next to each other.
Go and have a look! All true roses have these characteristics!
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