Haiku From the Golden Age of Computing

Unimaginable power.
Sleek, new, and fast:
Behold the DEC PDP-11.

A whole eighty characters entered via edlin.
Teletype roll whirrs.
You will get the hang of it.

The daydreaming engineer trips over a stone,
Punchcards flutter.
Chaos conquers pride yet again.

Get with the program, buddy, it’s
1977.
Isn’t it time you learned some FORTRAN?

Thought is electric hieroglyph
Etched into aether.
This here’s a 300 baud modem.

Jackass! It’s an acoustic coupler
Not a coaster.
Your can of Tab belongs elsewhere!

The output of the Kremlin
translated. Zip!
It’s maybe four years out. Five tops.

The mainframe played me in chess.
I won–but barely.
I worry that we’ve gone too far.

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3 Responses to Haiku From the Golden Age of Computing

  1. halgrimnlp says:

    I think haiku are 5-7-5

  2. Monica Flores says:

    Get with the program, buddy, it’s
    1977.

    🤖

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