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Steadfast Mutes: A poem that is a riddle about two brothers that are twins
Posted by Douglas, Aug 14, 2008. 3287 views. ID = 1591

Steadfast Mutes

Posted by Douglas, Aug 14, 2008. 3287 views. ID = 1591
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This post is a riddle. I left this posted for a week without the solution, so people would have a chance to try to figure it out. One person solved it, and said, "It's the kind of riddle that, when you finally get it, you pretty much know for sure that you got the right answer."

Try solving it first, then scroll down in the comments to find out the real solution!

Clue: Even though this was written at Lake Passagassawakeag, the solution really has nothing to do with lakes!
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This post is Part 5 of a writing series titled Lake Passagassawakeag.

As steadfast mutes, we utter not a sound,
Yet in our silence speak the words of God;
With steady stance we lightly touch the ground,
My twin and I, like peas that share a pod.
And though I seem to be the same as him,
Some diff'rences the watchful will divine;
His face, though lovely to be sure, is dim,
When placed beside the brilliant cheer of mine.
Though I'm the lesser one - I must admit -
I say with kind and brotherly affection,
He is my perfect mirrored opposite,
A haunting, strange, ephemeral reflection.
I wonder, can you solve the mystery
Of who or what my twin and I might be?

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This post has been awarded 33 stars by 8 readers.
This post is Part 5 of a writing series titled Lake Passagassawakeag. The next part of this series can be found here: The Hikers You Meet on the Trail.
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Comments


Douglas
Aug 14, 2008
I will post explanations of incorrect answers, so I don't get the same guesses over and over.

The answer is not "reflection in a lake". This answer doesn't explain the "words of God" part, nor does it explain the lesser being more brilliant.
   ~Posted by Douglas, Aug 14, 2008

Douglas
Aug 14, 2008
"sun and moon?"

Nope - the moon is lesser AND dimmer.
   ~Posted by Douglas, Aug 14, 2008

Douglas
Aug 14, 2008
"Jacob and Esau?"

Nope - remember that they are mute!
   ~Posted by Douglas, Aug 14, 2008

Douglas
Aug 15, 2008
And pastorjon has correctly solved the riddle! My brother is "wicked smaht" (that's how we Mainers say someone is really smart).
   ~Posted by Douglas, Aug 15, 2008

Douglas
Aug 15, 2008
In a way, I've made this unfairly difficult (without intending to) by adding this to the "Lake Passagassawakeag" series. It immediately makes people think of lakes.

The answer is not something (me, a cloud, etc) reflected in the lake.
   ~Posted by Douglas, Aug 15, 2008

clayman
Aug 19, 2008
I've pondered this, but still haven't an inkling
   ~Posted by clayman, Aug 19, 2008

Douglas
Aug 23, 2008
The solution is a rainbow. Or, more precisely, a double rainbow.

The clue about the "words of God" comes from the Bible where God uses a rainbow as confirmation of His promise to Noah.

The outer rainbow is much dimmer than the inner rainbow, and the inner rainbow is lesser (smaller) than its twin.

And the colors of the outer bow are reversed from the inner bow.
   ~Posted by Douglas, Aug 23, 2008

Scribbler
Aug 23, 2008
Well, I learned something today.
I never realised the colours were reversed in the second rainbow.
Great riddle!

   ~Posted by Scribbler, Aug 23, 2008



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