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Silly Haiku

Posted by kittynash on December 3, 2008 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (1)

This was an old email that was passed around.

In Japan, they are considering replacing 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:

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

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

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

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

Program 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:
"My Novel" not found. 

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 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.

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

Holocaust story

Posted by kittynash on April 4, 2008 at 9:32 AM Comments comments (8)

Holocaust Story

Boy (14)

Father is alcoholic, fired by Jewish boss, anti-Semitic, approves of his son fighting Jewish kids.

Goes to grocery store with $20 and list.   Cost $23.50

Woman behind hands $5 to cashier.  Boys sees tattoed number.

He waits for her, watching her in mirror in crane game.  She sees him watching and stops to talk.  He asks where she got the tatoo.  She says Auschwitz.  He says his father said the Holocaust was all a lie.   She gives him her address and says to come any time to hear her story and learn the truth.

He angers some big kids at school who threaten to beat him up on the way home from school.  He bicycles the other way and finds himself near her house so he goes to hear her story so he can prove it's a lie.

She tells him her story.

He gives up hate.

He apologizes to kids whom he hurt.  They are stunned and tell him to forget it.


What next?