Challenging Riddles ( O _ o) ?!
1) A sealed land forgotten,
To precious shapes it yields.
Zephyr on zenith found
Across strange woods and fields.
2) Mother of magic and father of air,
Their colorful children heard everywhere.
Ancientest stone wears no blemish nor crack.
Take a half-step forward, then three steps back.
3) Life within death, water in fire,
A path opened in child's darkest hour.
Secret behind a marker of stone,
From tunnel emerges a far away home.
4) Treasure untold, no key, nor lid,
Yet inside purest ichor hid.
5) Water aplenty and green round and round;
Many happy faces, their advice sound;
A haven for rest with secrets abound;
Have faith and be shown a way underground.
6) The damned leading the blind,
On a pathway ill-defined.
No memory of silence, no thought of sky,
Sight to no avail, yet liberated by the eye.
7) Walk across the ropes,
Under protector's gaze;
Bounded by a golden arch,
Ancient are these ways.
8) Creature of half-sight, by tribulation healed;
Loved of divinity, with wound by goddess sealed.
9) Once left, never the same.
Two halves of a whole,
Brief expanse of blue,
Low marks innocence,
Once back, ever the same.
10) Five in order, one by one,
It will not stop until it's done;
Wrested from unseemly hand,
A spirit rests within its band.
11) A gorgeous flower
Accursed by power,
Both supple and dark
With serpentine mark.
Resilient, it thrives
Where little survives,
Grows taller than men,
But less feet than ten,
With petals of fire
As thin as a wire.
It once sated needs
The manner of weeds,
Holding the sun’s rays
In a golden gaze.
12) In the center of the rose,
Where helpful being rose,
A witness from beneath the rose —
An iteration's rose!
13) I live in earth, on earth, and above;
In loam and rock, strong stone I love.
Though I go unnoticed I never depart;
My power, my essence, lies deep in the heart.
14) Plucked from life to a Hero’s quest:
A promise of riches and peace;
A pool, a tow’r, and greed without cease —
His family a traitor possessed.
15) The fruits of senescence
Are wisdom’s quintessence;
Sagacious yet greedy —
And overly needy —
The goods of our coffer
In danger we’ll proffer.
16) I come from a princess ‘ere princess was sired,
Grew up in a stone-ringéd town;
Robed like a king, yet considered a clown
My counsel and speech are admired.
Who am I?
17) Apart from all my brethren,
I have infinite use;
Not silver, no, but golden,
Our godhood you’ll educe.
18) I hide myself, from your eyes,
In this uncanny valley;
I bind my life to your life;
Once found, I’m gone forever.
19) Welcome to the hinterlands!
Four corpses mark my door.
Cryptic secrets, myths, and lore,
All passing through my hands.
Worldly symbols lie arrayed
In field of sable-black —
Sympathy I proudly lack;
Unjustly do I trade.
The sages say: "Not cold nor hot,
Take aim and find the mean!"
But me? I find my eyes glow green
When taking all you've got!
20) I am the gatekeeper,
And servant to the throne.
Within my beating heart
Do life and water flow.
21) Above me lies a weapon;
Beneath, a desert old.
Beside me lies a puzzle;
Behind, the answer’s told
22) Head to the midpoint hypotenuse,
We stand isosceles and slightly obtuse!
Squaring our secret, you might be annoyed,
So play us a tune and we’ll end up rhomboid!
23) Do you fear me, looking within?
Can you give me what I want?
Are you privy to the heart’s secrets?
24) Begin me to complete the other,
Pass on through secrets your wealth;
Through me enrich my brother,
Unlocking what’s written in stealth.
25) Although I am less than my former self
(I once stood as tall as a tower!),
I weather all things, unchanged by time’s flow —
Ascend me and know greater power!
26) My makers cannot use me;
My watchers never see me;
Those who find me, lose me.
Those who wield me, yield me.
27) Bezel for the brightest gem,
A shell around the pearl;
Great fastness guarding softness:
The force ‘round which all swirls.
28) Lightly walks from stem to leaf,
Soars from heart to shielding arm;
Dances o’er the farmer’s sheaf,
Preaches Dao with child’s charm.
29) One of only two, and
One of only three;
One as well of countless more:
A sprout on autumn’s tree.
30) Sleepy owns me; Singer tends me;
Evil haunts me; Music frees me;
I can free you; I can haunt you;
I can tend you; I can own you.
31) Through me, all beings know,
And, in return, are known;
Thus, Nature’s laws are shown,
And all true natures show.
32) Organic, not analog,
Small outputs of Big Data,
How do two vacuous shades
Somehow yield consciousness?
33) One gives better than she takes.
One seems worse than she is.
The first extols the truthful word.
The other is not at the height of her power.
Where do they dwell?