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Old 11-11-2009, 11:58 AM   #5458
Marcus Bales
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Permanent Fatal Errors, A Semi-Ballade
for Lew Grossberger

The laptop on my table here today,
As elegant and vanishingly small
As any warranty that salesmen say
Is unimplied if unexpressed, seems all
And more than anyone could ask if they
Could get all that they wanted to install --
But software jargon holds no greater terrors
Than this brief message: "Permanent Fatal Errors".

No keyboard stroke produces any play;
No mouse-click gives some give -- the letters loll
Unmoving and unmoved as teens who lay
Around with chores to do; the words enthrall
With primitive attractiveness, the way
An accident slows traffic to a crawl,
For software jargon holds no greater terrors
Than this brief message: "Permanent Fatal Errors".

And as I sit here, staring at the wall
While trying to remember how to pray
Or who among my friends if I should call
Might offer something more than “****in’ A!
You’re screwed like Adam was after the Fall”
I feel my final nerve begin to fray:
The software jargon holds no greater terrors
Than this brief message: "Permanent Fatal Errors".

Envoi

Lew! The portents pile up to appall
And hope for help has faded into gray --
This software jargon holds no greater terrors
Than this brief message: "Permanent Fatal Errors".
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