Once upon a midnight dreary,
As I pondered weak and weary –
O’er a screen of crucial code.
As I nodded almost sleeping,
Suddenly there came a beeping –
As if something evil creeping,
Creeping, ghost computer node.
Could it be a burnt diode?
First my eyes snapped like a shutter,
Then my heart began to flutter –
As I entered panic mode.
The screen grew bright and then it cleared,
But finally some words appeared –
The words that in my mind are seared,
Seared like skid marks in the road.
Enmity the VAX bestowed.
As I read the words so stunning,
I fought the urge to start running –
Over to some safe abode.
When I logged off all a jitter,
And cussed this binary critter –
It beeped again one last titter,
Titter as it seemed to goad.
Quote the VAX: “Disk Overload”.