This is an old folk riddle from the Shetland and Faroe islands: Riddle: Four hang, four walk, Four stand skyward, Two show the way to the field And one comes shaking behind Answer: A cow. Four teats hang, four legs walk, two horns and two ears stand skyward, two eyes show the way to the field and one tail comes shaking (dangling) behind. Prosody, or How Not to Trip Over Your Feet The modern riddle-poem examples we give elsewhere in this discussion generally have the feel of Anglo-Saxon and Viking verse, but not its exact metrical style. Here you can learn a bit more about the technical characteristics of both modern and Dark Ages verse. This may help you fix riddle-poems that don't quite feel right.