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In Japan, they have replaced the impersonal and unhelpful Microsoft Error messages with Haiku poetry messages. Haiku poetry has strict construction rules. Each poem has only three lines, 17 syllables: five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, five in the third.

Haiku is used to communicate a timeless message, often achieving a wistful, yearning and powerful insight through extreme brevity -- the essence of Zen.



Your file was so big.
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.


David J. Liszewski




The website you seek
Cannot be located,
but Countless more exist.


Joy Rothke




Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent and reboot.
Order shall return.


Suzie Wagner




Aborted effort.
Close all that you have worked on.
You ask far too much.


Mike Hagler




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

Peter Rothman 



Yesterday it worked.
Today it is not working.
Windows is like that.


Margaret Segall




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


David Ansel




A crash reduces
Your expensive computer
To a simple stone.


James Lopez




Three things are certain:
Death, taxes and lost data.
Guess which has occurred.


David Dixon




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


Cass Whittington




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




I ate your Web page.
Forgive me; it was tasty
And tart on my tongue.






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


Simon Firth




With searching comes loss
And the presence of absence:
'My Novel' not found.


Howard Korder




Original text you can see at Computer Error Haiku. This was originally a contest on

We thank the reader of our "Japanese Page" V. Maksimov who has paid our attention to Russian translation of these poems on and web sites owing to what the original English text has been found.


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