Haiku Poems

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 syllabes: five syllabes in the first line, seven in the second, five in the third.
Haikus are 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

A crash reduces
Your expensive computer
To a simple stone.

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

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

Serious error.
All shortcuts have disappeared.
Screen. Mind. Both are blank.

Nota final: é curioso constatar que o haiku sobre o "Blue Screen of Death" está felizmente datado. Nos últimos anos não me lembro de ver esse tipo de écran.

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