Haiku anyone?


07-31-2005, 09:26 AM

An ancient pond!
Basho leaps in,
The sound of the water! (Basho's Frog Haiku: 32 Translations)

The Japanese literature fans and geeks among you may already know these classics but for the uninitiated, here are some computer haiku written by masters of the past decades. Zen computing.

(These are actually haiku error messages submitted to a contest conducted by Salon in 1998.)

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

– David Dixon

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

– David Carlson

I’m sorry, there’s – um –
Insufficient – what’s-it-called?
The term eludes me…

– Owen Mathews

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

– Peter Rothman

Seeing my great fault
Through darkening blue windows,
I begin again.

– Chris Walsh

The code was willing,
It considered your request,
But the chips were weak.

– Barry L. Brumitt

Printer not ready.
Could be a fatal error.
Have a pen handy?

– Pat Davis

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

– David J. Liszewski

Errors have occurred.
We won’t tell you where or why.
Lazy programmers.

– Charlie Gibbs

Server’s poor response,
Not quick enough for browser.
Timed out, plum blossom.

– Rik Jespersen

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

– Suzie Wagner

Login incorrect.
Only perfect spellers may
Enter this system.

– Jason Axley

This site has been moved.
We’d tell you where, but then we’d
Have to delete you.

– Charles Matthews

Wind catches lily
Scatt’ring petals to the wind:
Segmentation fault.

– Nick Sweeney

ABORTED effort:
Close all that you have.
You ask way too much.

– Mike Hagler

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

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

– Bill Torcaso

The Web site you seek
Cannot be located but
Endless others exist.

– Joy Rothke

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

There is a chasm
Of carbon and silicon
The software can’t bridge.

– Rahul Sonnad

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

– Margaret Segall

To have no errors
Would be life without meaning
No struggle, no joy.

– Brian M. Porter

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

– Cass Whittington

No keyboard present,
Hit F1 to continue;
Zen engineering?

– Jim Griffith

Hal, open the file
Hal, open the file, Hal
Open the, please Hal

– Jennifer Jo Lane

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

The ten thousand things
How long do any persist?
Netscape, too, has gone.

– Jason Willoughby

Rather than a beep
Or a rude error message,
These words: “File not found.”

– Len Dvorkin

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

– Ian Hughes


07-31-2005, 10:46 AM

OK yan ah, english na haiku. Mas OK kung gumawa din tayo ng haiku na Tagalog. May naisip ako.

Nagmura ang mac
Bili na kayong lahat
Para masaya

Question lang duon sa unang haiku. Mukhang atang hindi 5-7-5 ang syllables niya?


07-31-2005, 02:04 PM

Eto pinaka ayus. ehehhehe.

…A crash reduces
Your expensive computer
To a simple stone…

Tagalog na haiku? hmm…

Kumulu ang chan,
i-saing na ang gohan,
Wala nang ulam…


08-01-2005, 01:17 AM

Na inspire ng isang thread:)

Sobra ang init!
Eh di buksan ang aircon
Butas ang ozone


09-14-2005, 09:55 PM


Naishoku sinimulan
Alang bayaran!:frowning:

Haiku ba ito?
Ewan ko, malay ko ba…
Tanga-tanga mo!:confused:


03-02-2006, 01:20 AM

haiku i think is one of most challenging literary forms, you have to compressed all your thoughts in 3 lines. ive been trying to write haikus, and i dont know yet :stuck_out_tongue:

here’s some of my haikus


candlelight Christmas
cosmic carols comfort cold cheeks
cathedral’s cobwebs

Amina Lawal

A fickle flower
snipped by traditional wind;
now, stones to kiss her


two chrysanthemums
dance in a glass that soon breaks;
fading yellowness

by the way, meron ding poetry form sa pinas na parang haiku sya, diona yata ang tawag dun. 3-lines, 3 words per line, 7 syllables per line at kelangan rhymes pa ang dulo. hirap no :smiley:


03-02-2006, 02:24 PM

I think the American “haiku” and the Japanese one are two different things. The latter must contain a 季語 (kigo) or reference to a season, like goldhorse’s (sobra ang init = summer) and totomai’s (Christmas = winter). Here’s my first haiku.

目がかゆい (me ga kayui)
鼻水たれる (hanamizu tareru)
花粉症 (kafunshou)


03-02-2006, 03:37 PM

pa try nga kung puwede 'to.

early sunshine,
flowers begin to bloom
makes me sleepy at noon.

kid wants an afternoon rain
me loves a day long sunshine
laundry smells good by sun dry

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