Saturday, March 15, 2008

Eleven? Why?

1. I love Abraham's Blog. Mine is therefore both imitation and memesis.
2. Eleven's half of twenty-two; maybe less than half as smart.
3. It's a number with both complexity and simplicity, elegance and symmetry .
4. It isn't ten or twelve. Nor is it three or seven.
5. It is short enough to impose a kind of rhetorical economy.
6. It's a fine editing device for prolific logophiles just like me.
7. It's a less-is-more strategy to get creative juices flowing.
8. It's Chestertonian: off-beat but not really off-the-beaten-path.
9. It's a puzzle. It's a garden of words. It's delectable didactae.
10. It's a way to say what I ought to say today.
11. It's a personal lectionary of grace, discipline, beauty, goodness, and truth.

5 comments:

David said...

Wow! Something refreshing to read in eleventh hours. Hendecasyllablic poetry next?

Jason Terhune said...

My limerick has eleven words per line, so no rule broken?

There’s a chap from the net,
Eleven words did he get.
When he asked for reprieve,
He was told he could leave.
But with eleven words he wrote a limerick on Patrick’s Eve

Think about it, communicating by limerick. Only eleven words at that.

George Grant said...

Oh, these are just too good! I think I've started something!

Linda said...

Ah, now I see how creativity can break free in Eleventary!

panta dokimazete said...

"Brevity is the soul of wit" from William Shakespeare's Hamlet, 1603