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Happily halved by the one, ten and six to form

Five hundred more upon a seat, unmoving moving charms.

Unanswered riddles adorn the air, smoke comprises skin,

Not of fire, smoke of stroke, posture free of sin.

Merchants mate of unknown fate, hands proclaiming rank—

Right on port, of fault bereft, pillars at the flank.

Lain upon hard-wood deck, essence but a stain,

Pirated by patriot, the loss a nation's pain.

The world beyond is but a myth, one we cannot live in,

Intended as a mother’s mirror . . .

A birthday gift un-given.

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Youza! I understand the title now. Sorry about that "easy" comment previously! :blush:

Navy? Sailing?

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La Amistad

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3rd and 4th line something to do with a ghost? or ghosts.

lines 5-8 i think something about Ulysses but that may just be the reference to the pillars of Hercules

Lines 9-11 bring to mind death. But that's just my impression.

Am I on the right track?

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abortion or miscarriage?

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The Boston Tea Party?

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Christopher Columbus or Birth of America

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something along the lines of sailing the seas?

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Intended as a mother's mirror . . .

A birthday gift un-given.

sounds terribly familiar, but I can't place the source to save my

life. Another classic novel, perhaps, but I'm not so sure...

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Really taking a guess here, but couldn't that phrase also be...

The sea? [it kinda ties in with some of the other things..alittle anyways] It is often refered to as female (birth-giver of sea life..kind-of) who's waters are reflective like a mirror. And it can be a gift that wasn't really given as it was here before us. Big guess I really doubt.

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So far no one's come close, and that includes the "on the right track" querries.

But some extremely interesting guesses. I would love to see the reasoning behind some.

I can hear Graven's gears grinding and he may be onto something, though not very novel.

I consider this my best to date so I don't want to give too much away by providing leading answers.

Keep trying; you'll love the answer.

:D

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some sort of viking funeral pyre-at-sea for a slain king?

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So far no one's come close, and that includes the "on the right track" querries.

But some extremely interesting guesses. I would love to see the reasoning behind some.

I can hear Graven's gears grinding and he may be onto something, though not very novel.

I consider this my best to date so I don't want to give too much away by providing leading answers.

Keep trying; you'll love the answer.

:D

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Unfortunately, my instincts usually lead me in the wrong direction.

This brings to mind the Medusa legend in a strong way, but It's been quite a while since that was fresh in my memory ;)

It could also be Beowulf in a way, but even less likely.

Why is that mirror part so darned familiar. Like I've encountered it recently? I even resorted to Google, to no avail. Good one Shakee.

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It's the Titanic, right?

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:P

A trieme (galley style ship with 3 levels) in a bottle? tying in the Mirror=sea, outside world unattainable, pirate/patriot, posture free from sin...and so forth.

But while I admit my guesses are entirely random, I woke up out of a dream thinking this was the answer.

/cheer/ for my subconcious.

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I'm lost on "the one"

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I see some are still sailing down the nautical route. Beware misleading motifs!

Stick to key words.

The one is NOT an inanimate thing, it's a title of respect.

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Could it be

a carousel?

This is why I came up with that..

Halved by the one (pole)

Ten and six (number of horses)

500 more upon a seat ? decorations/lights??

Unmoving moving charms (horses can stay still, yet are still revolving on platform)

Unanswered riddles adorn the air (carousel music?)

Smoke of stroke (up and down motion of horses)

Posture free of sin (horses carved with perfect posture)

Merchants mate of unknown fate ?

Hands proclaiming rank- hands height while holding pole can be higher if you’re older than for a small child

Right on port- (port refers to the left side of a ship. When you mount a horse you put the right leg over the left side of it)

Of fault bereft?

Pillars at the flank- another reference to the poles?

Laid upon hard-wood deck- deck of carousel

Pirated by patriot- Americans stole the idea from another country maybe? I don’t know…

The world beyond is but a myth- fantasy world? Fantastic creatures maybe (like unicorns?)

Mother’s mirror- don’t know what this means, but some carousels do have mirrors…

A birthday gift un-given? No idea

Probably a lot wrong with that, but whatever. Also, the first time I read it I immediately thought about clocks….that only would fit a couple of lines though

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Very interesting and well thought out guess moonlesia.

Incorrect however.

(I like your moniker; how did you come up with it?)

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With your reference to 'the one'. Could it be Jesus. Did he not split a loaf of bread and feed 500 (I apologize if I get my bible history wrong).

-Port = wine

-Free of Sin

-The loss of Jesus was hard for his nation of followers.

-World beyond - heaven

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Very interesting and well thought out guess moonlesia.

Incorrect however.

(I like your moniker; how did you come up with it?)

Yeah, I didn't really think it was right.

Thanks, I like it too! I came up with the name as a child when I was writing fantasy stories. Ever since then, I have always used the name Moonlesia Starchild for anything I need a not real name for.

Did you write this riddle yourself? It's very good. I'm dying to know the answer!

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refer to another poem by chance? Perhaps one by a famous American poet? I recently consumed quite a bit of Robert Frost, and I'm thinking that might be where I saw these themes before. My recall isn't as keen as it once was, I'm afraid.

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mean "never given" or "given then taken back"?

I would assume the latter, due to the hyphenation, but one never knows ;)

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Happily halved by the one, ten and six to form

Five hundred more upon a seat, unmoving moving charms.

Unanswered riddles adorn the air, smoke comprises skin,

Not of fire, smoke of stroke, posture free of sin.

Merchants mate of unknown fate, hands proclaiming rank

Right on port, of fault bereft, pillars at the flank.

Lain upon hard-wood deck, essence but a stain,

Pirated by patriot, the loss a nation's pain.

The world beyond is but a myth, one we cannot live in,

Intended as a mother’s mirror . . .

A birthday gift un-given.

Does it have anything to do with horses?

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Does it have anything to do with horses?

Is it ok trying to use other posts to come up with ideas together, or should we try to solve it ourselves?

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Happily halved by the one, ten and six to form

Five hundred more upon a seat, unmoving moving charms.

Unanswered riddles adorn the air, smoke comprises skin,

Not of fire, smoke of stroke, posture free of sin.

Merchants mate of unknown fate, hands proclaiming rank—

Right on port, of fault bereft, pillars at the flank.

Lain upon hard-wood deck, essence but a stain,

Pirated by patriot, the loss a nation's pain.

The world beyond is but a myth, one we cannot live in,

Intended as a mother’s mirror . . .

A birthday gift un-given.

I was thinking about queen Elizabeth I and her relationship with Sir Francis Drake. He was a true patriot to England by being a pirate. This was illegal by the eyes of Spain,but to England it was not. Intended as a mother's mirror could be Virginia names after the virgin queen.

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