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The Great Beast

Riddles are little poems or phrases that pose a question that needs answering. Riddles frequently rhyme, but this is not a requirement.


Puzzle ID:#26438
Fun:*** (2.84)
Difficulty:** (1.86)
Submitted By:Paradox**




I am a wild, untamed beast:
I command respect and awe in most,
and those who regard me as harmless
will most likely find themselves dead by my hand.
Men cannot control me, or hold me behind bars,
But they ride me. However,
They must use caution, for at any moment I can
Rear up, throw them aloft,
and swallow them whole.
Poems have been written to my mighty roar,
And yet children play carelessly beside me.
I am a mighty entity, and one day
I shall rise above the entire Earth.
What am I?


I am naught but the sea.
How, you ask?
Those who do not respect me will surely
Drown in my vast expanse.
I am untamed, and cannot be held behind bars,
For my pounding surf and relentless tides
Wear away all barriers in the end.
Men may ride me, but a
Passing storm or whirlpool might bring low
Even the most able sailor.
Poems have been written of my mighty roar
As my surf pounds against the rocks of the shore,
And yet beaches are a place of relaxation
For children.
I will one day flood the Earth
When the land is worn away to rubble
By my relentless erosion.


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Oct 19, 2005

Awesome stuff here, Keep them coming great Poetry there. Beautiful Stuff!!! I didnt get it until i saw the answer. Really nice.
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Oct 19, 2005

Oct 19, 2005

Thanks for the comments, guys. This is my first one, and I'm glad that it's getting such positive feedback.
Oct 19, 2005

And a very good first one if i may add. Keep busy.
Oct 19, 2005

This is really great for your first submitted riddle. I love the sea, so it was easy for me; great job, I hope to see more that are this good in the future!
Oct 20, 2005

Great riddle. I enjoyed this one!
Oct 20, 2005

I'm not sure what I liked more, the riddle or your explanation of the answer
good job
Oct 21, 2005

Great one, got me though, I liked both the riddle and the answer. Keep those coming
Oct 29, 2005

No chance really well written and seems easy when you know the answer i love it
Nov 01, 2005

Phew......I was almost at the edge of my seat as i read this title because i just submitted a teaser titled THE BEAST just 2 days back.But it is totally different nice one though
Nov 03, 2005

Wow-that is all I can say...WOW.
Nov 08, 2005

Didn't get it. And I live on the Oregon coast! Enough said, but keep them coming.
Nov 15, 2005

Your FIRST one!!!! Impressive- wonderful writing- can't wait to see more
Jan 18, 2006

thanks for the teaser
Apr 01, 2006

Nice teaser; it was well written. I disagree with the flooding though. Remember the rainbow.
Jul 01, 2006

Great teaser! Definitely favorites material!
Jul 09, 2006

That was beautiful.
Aug 12, 2010

When you say that the sea will swallow the land, do you mean that it definitely will, or that it will if we don't get off our butts now and do something about global warming? Beautiful teaser, Favorites material.
Aug 20, 2010

An instant favourite - thanks ... now I'll have a look to see what else you've written!
Mar 11, 2011

Rather eerie considering I am at this moment watching news reports of the Tsunami in Japan. Best wishes to all those affected by the earthquake and tsunami.
Mar 11, 2011

Very well written. Although the answer was fairly easy.
Mar 11, 2011

Ditto, cherub. The answer didn't come to me until I thought of the news from Japan today. Great teaser!
Mar 11, 2011

Haha good one, I couldn't figure it out at first, lol.
Mar 11, 2011

Easy Loved the poem and the explanation.
Mar 11, 2011

I guess with the earthquakes in Japan so fresh in my mind, the answer was pretty easy. Very well written.
Mar 12, 2014

It is now 2014. No earthquakes or tsunamis, and yet I found this one very easy! I rarely get these, but this one just spoke volumes of what it was.
Mar 12, 2014

Had a brain WAVE which made this pretty easy.
Mar 12, 2014

While the rest of the riddle I am fine with, I take three issues with the final line of the sea rising up over the earth. First, the sea is part of the earth, so you are technically saying that it will rise up over itself? Also, the atmosphere is also part of the earth, and I doubt the sea would ever rise up over it. Finally, if you intended to mean only the land, even that isn't factual. There is not enough water on the planet to submerge all of the land on the surface. Granted, mountains may eventually erode to below sea level, but at the same time, new ones are being thrust up. So, even if all the ice melted and flowed into the oceans, we would never have a planet completely submerged in water. It wouldn't even be close.
Mar 12, 2014

I read the first line and said "Water, or, the ocean." Very good writing, but too cliché and easy. Very good overall though.
Mar 12, 2014

Perplexed by some of today's comments- It was a wonderful teaser, and seems to have given us all something to think about!

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