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Abort, Retry, Ignore

Rating: 4.5

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 bed sheets, still I sat there doing spreadsheets.
Having reached the bottom line I took a floppy from the drawer,
I then invoked the SAVE command and waited for the disk to store,
Only this and nothing more.

Deep into the monitor peering, long I sat there wond'ring, fearing,
Doubting, while the disk kept churning, turning yet to churn some more.
But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token.

'Save! ' I said, 'You dumb computer! Save my data from before! '
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Daniel Partlow 24 August 2007

I had a co-worker who did the same thing with the Raven as you have done. It wound through several of the verses, then moved on to Tennyson, and ended up in Twas the Night Before Christmas. All describing an all night programming session at an investment banking clients desk - wish I still had it. Anyway - I like your version too. I tried setting 1st. Corintians 13 (Love Is) to it: http: //www.poemhunter.com/poem/love-is-105/

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Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler 06 February 2007

this is impressive; a witty ditty. Poe must be spinning in his grave! Jake

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Robert E Hann 26 January 2007

Bravo! You've done it again! ! Robert

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David Taylor 26 January 2007

Dear Bridgid, captivating! I really did enjoy reading this, to be honest I dont think the last stanza works, personaly I might even prefer the poem without it. David

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