# A self-referential riddle

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).

• This is not a limerick (as per the accepted answer) - it doesn't follow the rhyming pattern (AABBA). Commented Jan 18, 2016 at 5:30
• i guess first line doesn't rhyme Commented Jan 18, 2016 at 5:34
• @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.
– user17947
Commented Jan 18, 2016 at 5:37
• 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" Commented Jan 18, 2016 at 13:26

A limerick.

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

• Yep, that's it. Nice work!
– user17947
Commented Jan 18, 2016 at 5:25

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

• 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.
– user17947
Commented Jan 18, 2016 at 2:21
• For "fixed number of units", unit = 1. Commented Jan 18, 2016 at 4:13