Zen Fun 
 
ZEN HAIKU FOR COMPUTER USERS From Salon
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 
([EMAIL PROTECTED] 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 http://www.do-not-zzz
com/ 



Last updated: January 15, 2002 

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