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The following is a collection of Windows NT error messages written in the Japanese poetry style of haiku. The urban legend is that these are actual error messages from the Japanese version of Windows NT. The urban fact is that they are just contrivances of poetic computer geeks. Regardless, here they are.

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

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

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

Programme aborting.
Close all that you have worked on.
You ask far too much.

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

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

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

With searching comes loss
And the presence of absence.
This file not found.

Errors have occurred.
I will not tell you how or why.
Lazy programmers.

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

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

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

A crash reduces
Your expensive computer
To a simple stone.

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

You step into 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.

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

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

There is a chasm
Of carbon and silicon
Your software can't bridge.

If you've some haiku
error messages, please send
them to me


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