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Ctrl+Alt+Delete

by Charles M Harrison

Ctrl+Alt+Delete
system not responding end task
Restart my heart
purge the past.
Activate virus scan
delete infected file.
Can not access
program called Smile.
Run scan disk
then defragment.
Execute file search
find where love.exe went.
Delete memories.dir to trash
empty recycle bin.
System error can not comply
restore, start over, try again.
Reformat hard drive
reinstall dos.
Faulty heart can not purge
program called Love Lost.

07/10/2002

Posted on 07/10/2002
Copyright © 2024 Charles M Harrison

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Charles E Minshall on 07/06/04 at 02:51 AM

Fun Charles...Charlie

Posted by Amanda L Marron on 11/16/05 at 06:08 PM

I know your pain. Especially when the dreaded blue screen decides to show his ugly face!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 06/30/06 at 02:09 PM

Really terrific!!

Posted by Laura Doom on 06/05/07 at 10:37 PM

Ha! A somewhat less than sentimental journey back to my first Win98SE o/s - and the 'Love's Logic Lost' behaviour that ghosts through the imagery here :)

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 06/04/08 at 03:25 PM

I love poems such as this that combine computer jargen and humanity. Reminds me of those clever TV commercials for Apple and Microsoft PCs...and their faulty VISTA operating system. I learned my lesson last time upgrading from Windows 98 to XP. Excellent work Charles!

Posted by Sandy M. Humphrey on 06/05/08 at 08:12 PM

Clever use of tech language and emotion. smh

Posted by Ryan Nardi on 06/06/08 at 02:40 PM

Excellent! Reminds me of the interrogation scene in Logan's Run. I love that you took the idea and ran with it and made it work. Very harmonious piece here. And the rhyming helps rather than hurts which is always good. Again, excellent work!

Posted by Jean Mollett on 06/08/08 at 08:18 PM

Hi Charles, Great write, quite clever. Think we've all been through this in one time or another in our lives. This is quite different, the way you've blended everything together.

Posted by Laurie Blum on 06/09/08 at 04:00 PM

As a programmer and a loving soul I can totally relate to this poem! A wonderful way to look at love in this high tech world! Great poem!

Posted by A. Paige White on 03/24/09 at 05:39 PM

Control + Alternate + Delete
I think the way I see these keys may be forever changed by gaining love for how this poem makes poetry of hangups, glitches and freezes finding an end. Great poem.

Posted by Laurie Blum on 08/13/09 at 02:42 AM

Sigh! I forgot how much I liked this poem...until you mentioned it again.

Posted by Rob Littler on 03/01/12 at 04:50 PM

I think it is the implication of keystroke, of function, of usage in this love poem that makes me like it so much. Anyone who knows what I mean, ALT+F4 your self right now...and read a book.

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