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Poetry Friday: “What Am I?”

Poetry_Friday logoI have to thank Father Goose, Charles Ghigna, for helping me decide what poem to post today. He doesn’t even realize he helped me.

A few days ago, I was reading a poem he posted at his blog and I had to smile.  It was remarkably similar to a poem I wrote way back when I was in high school! Having just written a blog post about graduation, life, and the ‘problem’ with experience, I had been considering posting something I wrote as a student.

Charles made up my mind for me!

I don’t recall exactly when this was written…but it was somewhere between 10th and 12th grade, which would put it in the 1982-85 range. Like Charles’, this is also a riddle poem. Unlike Charles’, this was written by a 15 or 16-year-old – so there’s not a whole lot of polish on it. Come to think of it, I’m not sure there’s anything I wrote prior to this that anyone would even want to see!

See if you can figure out the answer, but don’t post it; that way, others can try to figure it out. (I don’t think it’s that hard – but then again, I already know the answer!) I’ll post the answer in the ‘Comments’ section on Monday, so be sure to check back.

ID-10051444 (Question die)“What Am I?”

I’m part of the trees, but don’t make up wood;
I stay in the city, for I know I should.
People say I’m in metal (well, that’s what I’m told)
But I’m not part of iron – or brass, bronze, or gold.
Now that we’re finished, I’ll say just one more thing:
I’ve helped make a knight, but never a king!

- Matt Forrest Esenwine, circa 1982-85

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16 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “What Am I?”

  1. Hmmm! I think it’s a little hard, but then sometimes it takes me a little bit. I will keep thinking, and check back Monday to see if I’m right!

  2. Ha! I think I just got it! A fun, puzzlicious poem from 15 yo Matt. :)

  3. What a lovely riddle – I have a few ideas, but not sure whether I’m right. :) You must have been a pretty sensitive 15 yo. :)

  4. I’m stumped, but I didn’t try very hard. I’ll noodle on it and come back Monday. Maybe I’ll write a riddle poem of my own between now and then!

  5. Thanks for stopping by, folks! Yes, Myra – I think I’ve always been a sensitive type. I call myself a poster boy for Cancers everywhere, because the definition of a Cancer describes me perfectly! And Mary Lee, I’ll look forward to reading yours!

  6. I think it’s a letter of the alphabet. Won’t say yet in case anyone else wants to guess. Great riddling!

  7. Clever. I think I know… the clue for me is that you guessed the answer to the Father Goose riddle. There’s some connection between that and this, I believe.

  8. How fun, this idea may start to spread!

  9. Fun to do these kinds of riddles, Matt, & I think I’ve got it too. And also great that you have poems from high school. Nice voice in the rhyming too!

  10. THE ANSWER! As promised, here it is: The letter “T”! Many thanks to everyone who tried figuring it out.

  11. Tabatha on said:

    Admittedly, I am exhausted, but wow, I had no idea! (Visiting a bit belatedly as we are on vacation) I’ll share this with my kids :-)

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