IT Haiku Poetry

According to Wikipedia, a haiku  is a short poem which uses imagistic language to convey the essence of an experience of nature or the season intuitively linked to the human condition.

I have read haikus and as per the definition, they most often relate to nature. However, I think that our constant interaction with information technology sometimes brings out moments of searing clarity and other times a pensive mood, which can best be captured in the haiku format. Therefore I have tried my hand at creating some:

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Application crash
seven hours of Blendering
frozen on the screen

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Where is the printout?
sent it to network printer
on different campus

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After early rush
progress bar moves oh so slow
installation fail

***

Cable in your hand
where is the socket you need?
No HDMI.

***

Setting up the desk
display, keyboard, printer too
two outlets in wall.

***

As you do your work
Windows Update jumps the queue
restarts on its own

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Twitter is installed
now I finally am in
and see what irks you

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TCP/IP
CAPTCHA
no humans needed

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Calling the Helpdesk
what do you mean, quota out?
Sorry, no can do.

***

Smartphone in your hand
connected to universe?
Battery is dead.

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Joining a website
finally the form is filled
session has timed out

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Software update done
all the icons are replaced
Where is Cut and Paste?

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New remote control
What are all these buttons for?
TV remains dead

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Finally got home
time for social media –
kittens flood the screen

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Type an SMS
Index finger hits wrong key
Autocorrect fails

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U-sa-bi-li-ty
Of paramount importance
Often forgotten

***

You can try your hand at this game and mail me the results. I may publish another page of your entries, if there’s enough of them. Being better than me is not very hard.

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About heikkihietala

Heikki Hietala has worked at the crossroads of IT and language since 1986. He studied at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. With an M.A. in English Philology and minor degrees in Communication and Information Technology, he has seen action at Microsoft, McKinsey & Company, Lionbridge, Bates Advertising and since September 2003, HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences. His interests of late have been user interface design and usability, 3D Design using Blender, and information technology for the small and medium enterprises. In his spare time he writes fiction in English. His novel, "Tulagi Hotel", was published in 2010 and a short story collection, "Filtered Light and Other Stories", in 2012. Tulagi Hotel is now available in Kindle and in paperback (also at Akateeminen Kirjakauppa), published by Fingerpress UK. "Hotelli Tulagi" on saatavana myös suomeksi kirjakaupoista kautta maan.
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