Riddles 14

EASYRecognizing past and futureIn a feast made once a year.Food for one is shared with many.Blow on food and people cheer.ANSWER: Birthday cakeThe birthday cake is made in honor of all the years that have already come in a person's life. The wish made over the cake focuses the ritual of the cake on the future also. The birthday cake is made only once a year. It is made for only one person but it is shared with many. When one blows out the candles on the cake people cheer.INTERMEDIATEPeople stick this on the baby.His first outfit. His first fetter.With age he'll grow to fill it out.Soon no words define him better.ANSWER: A nameThe name is stuck on the baby when it is born. The name could be likened to an outfit because you wear it. It could also, however, be understood as a kind of "social collar;" it is the tag placed on your head at a time when you have no say in the matter. With age people grow to fit their name. As they get older they also become adept at filling the name out on forms. In time no words better define a person than their name. DIFFICULTShe conceived so to reflectThe little world that best she knew;With plants and trash enclosed a cacheOf droplets colored cloudless-blue.ANSWER: A robin's eggs in a nestThe robin's nest could be seen as a microcosm of the robin's world. The nest itself is composed of twigs, plants, and bits of trash. The eggs inside the nest are the color of a cloudless sky.

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