The Abort Retry Ignore poem is a humorous poem that talks about a frustrating experience with a computer. The person is working on the computer late at night, tired, and just wanting to finish their work and go to bed.
But then something goes wrong. The computer shows a message with three options: “Abort,” “Retry,” and “Ignore.” The person is confused and annoyed because they just want to save their work and be done with it.
They try pressing different keys on the keyboard, hoping to fix the problem, but the computer keeps showing the same message. In the end, they give up and decide to just ignore the problem.
The poem Abort Retry Ignore humorously describes the frustration and confusion people sometimes feel when dealing with computer errors and how, despite their best efforts, things can go wrong in unexpected ways.
The repeated phrases “Abort, Retry, Ignore” are like the annoying options the computer gives, and the person’s struggle with them adds a funny touch to the poem.
Once upon a midnight dreary, fingers cramped and vision bleary,
System manuals piled high and wasted paper on the floor,
Longing for the warmth of bed sheets, still I sat there doing spreadsheets.
Having reached the bottom line I took a floppy from the drawer,
I then invoked the SAVE command and waited for the disk to store,
Only this and nothing more.
Deep into the monitor peering, long I sat there wond’ring, fearing,
Doubting, while the disk kept churning, turning yet to churn some more.
But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token.
‘Save!’ I said, ‘You cursed mother! Save my data from before!’
One thing did the phosphors answer, only this and nothing more,
Just, ‘Abort, Retry, Ignore?’
Was this some occult illusion, some maniacal intrusion?
These were choices undesired, ones I’d never faced before.
Carefully I weighed the choices as the disk made impish noises.
The cursor flashed, insistent, waiting, baiting me to type some more.
Clearly I must press a key, choosing one and nothing more,
From ‘Abort, Retry, Ignore?’
With fingers pale and trembling, slowly toward the keyboard bending,
Longing for a happy ending, hoping all would be restored,
Praying for some guarantee, timidly, I pressed a key.
But on the screen there still persisted words appearing as before.
Ghastly grim they blinked and taunted, haunted, as my patience wore,
Saying ‘Abort, Retry, Ignore?’
I tried to catch the chips off guard, and pressed again, but twice as hard.
I pleaded with the cursed machine: I begged and cried and then I swore.
Now in mighty desperation, trying random combinations,
Still there came the incantation, just as senseless as before.
Cursor blinking, angrily winking, blinking nonsense as before.
Reading, ‘Abort, Retry, Ignore?’
There I sat, distraught, exhausted, by my own machine accosted.
Getting up I turned away and paced across the office floor.
And then I saw a dreadful sight: a lightning bolt cut through the night.
A gasp of horror overtook me, shook me to my very core.
The lightning zapped my previous data, lost and gone forevermore.
Not even, ‘Abort, Retry, Ignore?’
To this day I do not know the place to which lost data go.
What demonic nether world us wrought where lost data will be stored,
Beyond the reach of mortal souls, beyond the ether, into black holes?
But sure as there’s C, Pascal, Lotus, Ashton-Tate and more,
You will be one day be left to wander, lost on some Plutonian shore,
Pleading, ‘Abort, Retry, Ignore?’
Selecting Abort terminates the operation, whereas Fail sends a message back to the program.
to cause something to stop or fail before it begins or before it is complete:
Abort!” That means “Stop!” When you abort a plan or activity, you’re ending it, usually prematurely. If you abort a dinner, you cancel it in the middle. If the police abort a raid, they stop it after it has already begun.
“Cancel” imply if an action is not started. “Abort” imply if an action is started and we do not want to do it.
(Aborted) is one of three pseudo status codes that are used in HttpWatch to display information about HTTP requests that did not receive a status code from the server: (Aborted) (Cache)