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I comprise a fixed number of lines
And that number is smaller than nine
As I self-referentially
Describe myself, potentially
I'll become a real breeze to divine

Who am I?

This one isn't going to win any awards for Most Difficult Riddle of the Year, but it seemed amusing enough for a Sunday afternoon.

P.S. The answer is not "riddle".

Edit: Watch out for spoilers in the comments below.

Edit 2: by popular demand, I changed one word in the riddle to make it more accurate and pretty (though somewhat easier as a result).

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    $\begingroup$ This is not a limerick (as per the accepted answer) - it doesn't follow the rhyming pattern (AABBA). $\endgroup$ – jhabbott Jan 18 '16 at 5:30
  • $\begingroup$ i guess first line doesn't rhyme $\endgroup$ – Mekalikot Jan 18 '16 at 5:34
  • $\begingroup$ @jhabbott It's not the world's best limerick, but I'd say it's a limerick. Btw I considered ending the first line with "lines" instead of "units", which would have made it a better limerick, but thought this would make it a poorer (too easy) riddle. So it's still possible to change it in such a way if that makes you happy. $\endgroup$ – Big Black Box Jan 18 '16 at 5:37
  • $\begingroup$ you definitely need line(s) - also the fourth line is too long. Perhaps "continue, potentially" would scan better? After all "Describe myself" is already covered by "self-referentially" $\endgroup$ – Kate Gregory Jan 18 '16 at 13:26
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The answer is

A limerick.

It has five lines (less than 9), and the riddle itself is a limerick.

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  • $\begingroup$ Yep, that's it. Nice work! $\endgroup$ – Big Black Box Jan 18 '16 at 5:25
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Is the answer:

1

I comprise a fixed number of units

Kinda stuck here. Maybe there is only one unit?

And that number is smaller than nine

1 < 9 = True

As I self-referentially

I am the one and only, 1

Describe myself, potentially

Same as above, I am the one and only

I'll become a real breeze to divine

Becoming the one and only in something or the number one in something will lead to lots of fame and very god-like status

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice attempt, and it's a pretty good fit except for "self-referentially", which means something very specific (for example if the answer were "riddle", that would be an example of self-reference, but that wouldn't fit the first clue and to avoid trouble I specifically ruled it out). So no, it's not that. $\endgroup$ – Big Black Box Jan 18 '16 at 2:21
  • $\begingroup$ For "fixed number of units", unit = 1. $\endgroup$ – Lawrence Jan 18 '16 at 4:13

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