NaPoWriMo 2015, Day 13: Riddle Poem–“Sort of Rhymes with Rimbaud”

The prompt: Write a riddle poem that describes something without ever naming it.

Sort of Rhymes with Rimbaud

If you speak my language, Ndovu is my name;
but in any other country, my name is not the same.
No fair using Google.  Save that for the end.
It’s more fun solving riddles if the rules you don’t bend.
I pack my own big suitcase, my own piano, too.
Once people thought I wasn’t smart, so that’s another clue.
Part of me’s a stocking. It’s what I’m noted for.
And I am also loyal–faithful to the core.
Sometimes I hold umbrellas, though it’s a cruel fate.
People like to look at me  in spite of all my weight.
I’m playful as a baby and a workhorse when I’m older.
Have you solved my riddle or are you getting colder?
If you haven’t guessed by now, I think you’ll never get it.
Why don’t you be my opposite?  Why don’t you just forget it?

Solution: 1-8, 3-17, 5-21, 7-1, 8-20, 9-22, 11-33, 12-32
Solution to Title: 2-3, 3-17, 6-24, 9-17, 14-5

The solution key: The first letter of the answer to the riddle is the 8th letter of line 1 of the poem. The second  letter is the 17th letter in line 3, etc. Be forewarned that the word hinted at in the title is in Swahili.  How else could I insure you wouldn’t cheat? Okay, now you hate me.

8 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo 2015, Day 13: Riddle Poem–“Sort of Rhymes with Rimbaud”

    1. lifelessons Post author

      Where did you look it up? Did you figure out how to use the solution hints? That’s pretty good in itself as you read it before I wrote the explanation of how to use it. I mistakenly hit the publish button before I meant to. I’m amazed you didn’t get it. I would have imagined you to be a whiz at a riddle.

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  1. Tamara

    I never would have guessed! Had to look it up, but it’s a very cute riddle once I understood. Not sure about the “stocking” part, though?


  2. Allenda Moriarty

    I “got” it at suitcase (trunk), confirmed with piano (ivories) horrified and again confirmed with “hold umbrellas” as I had seen hideous evidence of such in the past. I thought you might have tossed trumpet in there somewhere as another clue. A clever piece, but not as challenging as you might have taxed us with. I know you will challenge us further in the future, and I will be the first to admit defeat. Gracias for all of your creative sharing.



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