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Riddles from the Border Regions, 01/21/12

From: Joan VanBuskirk
Series: Riddles from the Border Regions
Length: 01:30

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THEY RING BUT NEVER MAKE A SOUND...

Br_logo_small They ring
But never make a sound
They ring when fretful thoughts abound.

This is a riddle about wringing hands.  It's a lovely play on words.   Unlike the jarring clang of ringing bells, the anxious wringing of hands tells a silent but articulate story of fretful, unsettling thoughts.   Word plays are at the heart of many riddles.   Like this one about high rise apartments: "I have stories I can't tell, stories in which people dwell."  It's a fun riddle.   We have the multi-stories of the tall buildings ... and the human stories of the people living in them.  "If only these walls could talk."

NEW RIDDLE:
Nubby spike
Pulled from the ground
Bold as the sky
When the sun goes down.
(answer:  see 1/28/12 piece)

Piece Description

They ring
But never make a sound
They ring when fretful thoughts abound.

This is a riddle about wringing hands.  It's a lovely play on words.   Unlike the jarring clang of ringing bells, the anxious wringing of hands tells a silent but articulate story of fretful, unsettling thoughts.   Word plays are at the heart of many riddles.   Like this one about high rise apartments: "I have stories I can't tell, stories in which people dwell."  It's a fun riddle.   We have the multi-stories of the tall buildings ... and the human stories of the people living in them.  "If only these walls could talk."

NEW RIDDLE:
Nubby spike
Pulled from the ground
Bold as the sky
When the sun goes down.
(answer:  see 1/28/12 piece)

Broadcast History

KUSP, Central Coast Public Radio, Santa Cruz; 1/21/12.

Timing and Cues

The tone and theme music of this piece work well with Weekend Edition Saturday.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Walk 'em on Down Bass Blues Loryn Long live performance. none 2008 :20

Related Website

http://www.borderregions.com