It is said, "To err is human,"
That quote from alt.times.lore,
Alas, you have made an error,
So I say, "404."
Double-check your URL,
As we all have heard before.
You ask for an invalid filename,
And I respond, "404."
Perhaps you made a typo --
Your fingers may be sore --
But until you type it right,
You'll just get 404.
Maybe you followed a bad link,
Surfing a foreign shore;
You should tell that author
About this 404.
The page could have moved to Atlanta.
Then you would find it here no more.
Its phone number would have changed:
Try area code 404.
I am but a lowly server
(Who likes to speak in metaphor),
So for a request that I don't know,
I must return 404.
Be glad I'm not an old mainframe
That might just dump its core,
Because then you'd get a ten-meg file
Instead of this 404.
I really would like to help you,
But I don't know what you're looking for;
And since I don't know what you want,
I give you 404.
Remember Poe, insane with longing
For his tragically lost Lenore.
Instead, you quest for files.
Quoth the Raven, "404!"