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I'm not a mythical titan

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Away from me three limbs extend

Just two are seen beneath a grin

To Atlas I might be akin

To fail would be a sin

The one fanged serpent did me in

Now shunned by man to my chagrin

I'll never break but simply bend

And pray return again

Alas from now til then

I dwell among the men

Of ghostly whitened skin

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Excellent riddle Plasmid. Those types are my favorite. Give yourself a 5 star vote and make it official.

BTW . . . what's the "vote" thing for?

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plasmid, your riddles most often me torment

a perverse enjoyment, don't get me wrong, no lament

just too often my brain they easily circumvent

leaving me asea without the aid of any
sextant
?

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plasmid, your riddles most often me torment

a perverse enjoyment, don't get me wrong, no lament

just too often my brain they easily circumvent

leaving me asea without the aid of any
sextant
?

I can see how that would fit with everything from the sixth line onward.

One sticking point is that in the second line, the two limbs would have to be atop the grin instead of beneath for it to fit.

Not what I had in mind.

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again probably wondering down the wrong trail

but hoping, in the end, perserverence to prevail

although I can't picture each and every detail

could it be, this thing, an old timey
balance scale
?

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A bow ?

(as in arrows)

Could fit with much of it, but the kinship to Atlas in particular would remain unexplained.

again probably wondering down the wrong trail

but hoping, in the end, perserverence to prevail

although I can't picture each and every detail

could it be, this thing, an old timey
balance scale
?

Would fit many of the clues as well, although I'm not sure what the one-fanged serpent would be if this were the answer

compass?

Not what I had in mind; the connection to Atlas and the serpent remains elusive

poison ivy? albinos?

Neither of those, either

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WWII fighter plane

I like the way this fits with the first stanza, but seems to conflict with the bit about bending.

sling shot?

Ha, in this case to succeed would probably be a minor sin! Having trouble making the one-fanged serpent fit though, perhaps a tattle-tale, but a baby with only one tooth would be too young to tell on you.

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Head Slap!!!!

suspenders

Shakeepuddn takes it for the win.

Away from me three limbs extend - fairly obvious

Just two are seen beneath a grin - when viewing the wearer from the front (facing his face) only two straps will show

To Atlas I might be akin - its job is to hold things up

To fail would be a sin - indecent exposure to be precise

The one fanged serpent did me in - now virtually replaced by the one-fanged serpent: the belt

Now shunned by man to my chagrin - no longer in style

I'll never break but simply bend - for it's often made of elastic material, or at least is flexible

And pray return again - who knows, they may come back in style

Alas from now til then

I dwell among the men

Of ghostly whitened skin - the only place I now routinely see suspenders is on clowns, wearing makeup with a flat-white base:duh: when the solver just knows that everything clicks, thanks Shakee!

And of course the most satisfying sound for any riddle writer is the

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