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A contest to replace the impersonal and unhelpful Microsoft error messages with Haiku poetry messages led to the following beauties. (Some tiny editing done.)

(Formal Haiku poetry has strict construction rules; each poem has only 17 syllables; 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second line, 5 in the third line. They are used to communicate a timeless message, often achieving a wistful, yearning and powerful insight through extreme brevity.)


A file that big?
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.
David J. Liszewski

Everything is gone;
Your life's work has been destroyed.
Squeeze trigger (yes/no)?
David Carlson

The web-site you seek
Cannot be located,
but Countless more exist.
Joy Rothke

Errors have occurred.
Look within for where and why.
Lazy programmers.
Charlie Gibbs

Serious error.
All shortcuts have disappeared.
Screen, mind, both are blank....
Ian Hughes

You step in the stream,
But the water has moved on.
This page is not here.
Chass Whittington

Program aborting:
Close all you have worked on.
You ask far too much.



Windows NT crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.


Peter Rothman

With searching comes loss
And the presence of absence:
"My Novel" not found.
Howard Korder
  No keyboard present
Hit F1 to continue
Zen engineering?
Jim Griffith


The Tao that is seen
Is not the true Tao- until
You bring fresh toner.

Yesterday it worked.
Today it is not working.
Windows is like that.
Margaret Segall
Three things are certain:
Death, taxes and lost data.
Guess which has occurred.
David Dixon



Out of memory.
We wish to hold the whole sky,
But we never will.
Francis Heaney

Having been erased,
The document you're seeking
Must now be retyped.
Judy Birmingham


A crash reduces
Your expensive computer
To a simple stone.
James Lopez

Stay the patient course.
Of little worth is your ire.
The network is down.
David Ansel

(h@0$ reigns W ! T H ! N.

rEFLEcT, repent, & reb00t.
Order SHAll return.

Suzie Wagner



First snow, then silence.
This thousand-dollar screen dies
So beautifully.
Simon Firth


A really nice and funny Zen website can be found at

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