Abort, Retry, Ignore.
  • Once upon a midnight dreary,
    Fingers cramped and vision bleary,
    System manuals piled high and wasted paper on the floor,
    Longing for the warmth of bedsheets,
    Still I sat there, doing spreadsheets:
    Having reached the bottom line,
    I took a floppy from the drawer.
    Typing with a steady hand, I then invoked the SAVE command
    But got instead a reprimand. It read: Abort, Retry, Ignore.
    Was this some occult illusion? Some maniacal intrusion?
    These were choices Solomon himself had never faced before.
    Carefully, I weighed my options.
    These three seemed to be the top ones.
    Clearly, I must now adopt one -
    Choose: Abort, Retry, Ignore.

    With my fingers pale and trembling,
    Slowly toward the keyboard bending,
    Longing for a happy ending, hoping all would be restored,
    Praying for some guarantee
    Finally I pressed a key --
    But on the screen what did I see?
    Again: Abort, Retry, Ignore.

    I tried to catch the chips off-guard --
    I pressed again, but twice as hard.
    Luck was just not in the cards,
    I saw what I had seen before.
    Now I typed in desperation,
    Trying random comninations.
    Still there came the incantation -
    Choose: Abort, Retry, Ignore.

    There I sat, distraught, exhausted, by my own machine accosted;
    Getting up, I turned away and paced across the office floor.
    And then I saw an awful sight,
    A bold and blinding flash of light,
    A lightning bolt that cut the night and shook me to my very core.
    The PC screen collapsed and died,
    "Oh no -- my database," I cried.
    I thought I heard a voice reply,
    "You'll see your data -- Nevermore!"

    To this day I do not know
    The place to which our data goes
    Perhaps it goes to Heaven where the angels have it stored.
    But as for productivity - well,
    I fear that it goes straight to Hell.
    And that's the tale I have to tell -
    Your choice: Abort, Retry, Ignore.
  • Go and tell it to Lenore. :blink:
  • That's a great poem Spike666. :D
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