Adrienne Ho

 

1

Blunt on the top but not on the bottom.
For different tasks, I’m turned both ways by hand.
One part revokes what the other has done.

    Stylus

 

4

With little strength, I bear great force.
I open closed houses, though what is open again I close.
I protect the house for the master, who, in turn, protects me.

    Door-key

 

6

The earth is my body, I strengthen from fire
Though I come from dirt; my seat is always high,
Water flows over me, and quickly leaves.

    Roof tile

 

16

Letters nurtured me, yet I know nothing of letters.
I lived in books, yet I’m no more bookish for it.
I devoured the Muses, yet still I’ve not progressed.

    Bookworm

 

21

My face is blind, shadowed dark;
Night is day itself, and for me there is no sun;
I prefer a ceiling of earth: so I’ll be seen by no one.

    Mole

 

28

My name is the early hours of night
Though featherless I’m winged in flight;
Returning at dusk, in the day I just sit tight.

    Bat

Symphosius

 

1

De summo planus sed non ego planus in imo
Versor utrimque manu; diverso munere fungor:
Altera pars revocat quidquid pars altera fecit

    Graphium

 

4

Virtutes magnas de viribus affero parvis.
Pando domos clausas, iterum sed claudo patentes.
Servo domum domino, sed rursus servor ad ipso.

    Clavis

 

6

Terra mihi corpus, vires mihi praestitit ignis;
De terra nascor; sedes est semper in alto;
Et me perfundit, qui me cito deserit, umor.

    Tegula



16

Littera me pavit, nec quid sit littera novi.
In libris vixi, nec sum studiosior inde.
Exedi Musas, nec adhuc tamen ipsa profeci.

    Tinea

 

21

Caeca mihi facies atris obscura tenebris;
Nox est ipse dies nec sol mihi cernitur ullus;
Malo tegi terra: sic me quoque nemo videbit.

    Talpa

 

28

Nox mihi dat nomen primo de tempore noctis.
Pluma mihi non est, cum sit mihi penna volantis;
Sed redeo in tenebris nec me committo diebus.

    Verspertilio