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BLACK SUNDAY 21st OCTOBER 2018

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SOUP ENGINEERS WORKED AROUND THE CLOCK TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE.

Twenty first of October in two thousand and eighteen
Was the worst disaster poetry soup had seen
Poems wiped off the website as all the poets slept
When the disaster unfolded many poets wept.

Some had spent hours composing their verses
But no backup made, the air soon filled with curses
Contest entries too vanished without trace
Sponsors left fuming they had nothing to place.

And the beautiful comments people said about you
Into a cyber space black hole they all vanished too
The next night the poems, to everyone’s dismay
Returned to the site, ‘twas like Groundhog day.

Some blamed the Russians, some blamed the C.I.A.
Others wanted revenge for what happened that day
But do rest assured, soup said “have no fear
Free membership for everyone, for a whole year”

Now that’s a kind act I’m sure you’ll agree
Remember worse disasters have happened at sea
The moral of this verse is to remind everyone
Make a backup of your work when it is done.





(This did happen, not sure about the free membership though lol.
But it is a wake up call; always back up your work.)

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Date: 11/15/2018 11:19:00 AM
It was a disaster, I was in tears. Exactly what happened, exactly how it felt. A great poem, great interpretation, Tom.
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Date: 11/15/2018 12:48:00 PM
Thanks Sandra, sounds like it affected you badly, I'm sorry to hear that , Luckily I always back up now after a bad experience when we had a power cut. Now I always write in word then copy and paste. I couldn't do anything about the comments though. Tom.
Date: 11/13/2018 2:40:00 PM
Hello Tom, Your words here are very powerful and quite poignant. None of us can take any chances at all. (All my stuff is privately backed up absolutely since I write for outside publication beyond Poetry Soup.) A FAV too for taking the time to write this important scenario. Better for all of us to be safe, than sorry!! Best Always, Gary
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Date: 11/13/2018 4:12:00 PM
Thank you Gary, it was a black day for many on here I lost many comments I had made but only one poem, but I lost some work due to a powercut years ago so always back up everything now. Tom.
Date: 11/13/2018 9:21:00 AM
it was heartbreaking day for all of us here ,thank you Tom for this poem ,I'll make sure to have back up ! Ivy
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Date: 11/13/2018 9:57:00 AM
Thanks Ivy, it certainly caused many some problems but it's always wise to do a back up of your work. Tom.
Date: 11/8/2018 1:28:00 PM
Hello Tom, I always have a backup poem because I keep all the poems I write. Have a nice day my friend.
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Date: 11/8/2018 3:37:00 PM
Thank you Darlene, its a wise thing to do, I even make a backup of my backup. Tom.
Date: 11/3/2018 9:00:00 PM
Just so your note you left me here. Gosh, I am really thankful I was busy that black day!
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Date: 11/4/2018 2:04:00 AM
I glad you were not affected by it Andrea. Tom.
Date: 10/28/2018 7:25:00 PM
G'day Tom ... a timely reminder to all that the Internet is not completely safe, but I thought everyone would copy and paste - perish the thought - thanks Tom - Lindsay
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Date: 10/29/2018 3:31:00 AM
Thanks Lindsay, when things go wrong they do big time, got stung years ago, never again.I even back up the back up lol. Tom.
Date: 10/28/2018 2:44:00 PM
I think I was too busy to be here that day. Very cleverly written. I am glad I escaped it all. Did the poems ever show back up! I can't tell from your fictionalized version of the story. Witty job
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Date: 10/28/2018 3:05:00 PM
Thanks Andrea, no, they all vanished along with comments, replies and soupmails, I had to resubmit my poem and re enter it into a contest, I think what they had to do was go back to an earlier time so a few hours of work vanished. Tom.
Date: 10/27/2018 6:49:00 AM
Lucky was I to be away for many a days dearest, Tom! Your poem is so delightful that despite the tragedy you made me smile!
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Date: 10/27/2018 9:21:00 AM
Thank you Demetrios, I was one of the lucky ones, only lost one and some comments.You too were lucky. Tom.
Date: 10/27/2018 4:58:00 AM
What a great idea to pen a poem on this disaster. I too lost one of my poem...and I kept thinking that it was my fault...
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Date: 10/27/2018 9:19:00 AM
Thanks Debjani, hopefully it won't be a regular thing. Tom.
Date: 10/26/2018 8:55:00 AM
Clever poetry, Tom, love the free membership, 'tongue in cheek' but why not? You have heaps of comments and deservingly so,,but as is usual today, 'Sorry' and then nothing, to appease those that lost so much..
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Date: 10/26/2018 9:05:00 AM
Thank you Harry, you're right about companies today, buried in the depths of the small print is a not our problem message. Tom.
Date: 10/26/2018 7:15:00 AM
Tom, this is a GREAT poem-- in every respect! It's skillfully- written and so clever! A favorite. Janice
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Date: 10/26/2018 7:25:00 AM
Thank you Janice, it was a rare event and I felt that it should be remembered in some way, it affected many but hopefully they'll learn that sometimes things can go wrong. I learnt that lesson a few years ago. Tom.
Date: 10/25/2018 5:12:00 PM
Hi Tom, I agree, this was a terrible thing to happen on the soup. I didn't even check to see if some of mines vanished. I guess I better go check.Congratulations on getting the poem of the day:-)Alexis
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Date: 10/26/2018 1:59:00 AM
Thank you Alexis, from what I gather it was data from a few hours of Sunday night. I dont think historical data was affected. Tom.
Date: 10/25/2018 4:41:00 PM
Wonderful write Tom! Sorry for having missed your beautiful and masterful work of art! Congratulations on your POTD, an honour well deserved! My deepest regards. Blessed always with poetry beauty and blessings of God.
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Date: 10/26/2018 1:56:00 AM
Thank you very much Besma but no apology needed, I too like many have days where it's not possible to look in on soup. Happy you enjoyed it. Tom.
Date: 10/25/2018 9:04:00 AM
Great, Tom! I see why you got POTD! Congrats!
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Date: 10/25/2018 9:57:00 AM
Thank you very much Kim, I hope you were not affected by it. Tom.
Date: 10/25/2018 6:00:00 AM
Congratulations Tom...A good one indeed..
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Date: 10/25/2018 9:56:00 AM
Thank you Arturo. Tom.
Date: 10/24/2018 10:51:00 PM
You came up with a great poem to express the upset that occured for some Soup members that day! Someone asked me if this happens often and I assured them that it does not. I told them I joined in January 2010 and that it was the first time it ever happened, to my knowledge, since I joined. True, you always need a backup of any work you post. Very good Tom! Very deserving of POTD! Congratulations my friend! : )
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Date: 10/25/2018 2:26:00 AM
Thank you Connie, it was only when I went back on to answer a comment that I noticed something amiss. Some lost a lot more than me.Hopefully it won't happen again but who knows. Tom.
Date: 10/24/2018 9:13:00 PM
Crisis averted! I'm paranoid about backing up data after a bad episode four years back. Fine write, Tom, and congrats on POTD! regards, Viv
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Date: 10/25/2018 2:21:00 AM
Thanks Viv,so frustrating when that happens, bring back pen and paper I say lol.
Date: 10/24/2018 6:32:00 PM
Congratulations for your POTD Tom :) Good advice. And thankfully the problem is resolved. :)
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Date: 10/25/2018 2:19:00 AM
Thank you very much Heidi, thankfully everything okay now, hope folk realise that these things can result in dataloss and back up from now on. Tom
Date: 10/24/2018 1:42:00 PM
Great poem. Sorry for the problem Soupers. That's the first time EVER we've had a loss of database files. Stupid hardware errors...or was it the Russians!
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Brandy Nicole
Date: 10/24/2018 4:12:00 PM
Cute!! Blaming the Russians. :) You are lucky it is the first time this has happened. Technology has upgraded for sure. Sometimes though, even new hardware has glitches. Try using old hardware and hoping things stay in place, as it should. ~ Brandy
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Date: 10/24/2018 2:50:00 PM
Thank you, thankfully the problem was short lived, you did well to sort out the problem so quickly. Regards. Tom.
Date: 10/24/2018 12:11:00 PM
Fabulous fun! Congratulations on POTD Tom! :) xomo
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Date: 10/24/2018 12:56:00 PM
Thank you Maureen, happy you enjoyed it. Tom.
Date: 10/24/2018 11:54:00 AM
Congrats on poem of the day Tom. I wasn't sure what had happened, now I know.
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Date: 10/24/2018 12:56:00 PM
Thank you Wren, I thought something was amiss Sunday night when I went to answer a comment and it had gone. Thankfully it didn't affect you. Tom.
Date: 10/24/2018 11:52:00 AM
Such a fun poem Tom, Timing is everything and so is a poetic reminder Congrats on POTD!!!
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Date: 10/24/2018 12:53:00 PM
Thanks very much Mike, I know many were worse off than me, woke about 03.00 the next morning and the idea came to me, must have been thinking about it in my sleep lol. Tom.
Date: 10/24/2018 11:49:00 AM
I agree, saving your work is the best method. Your thoughts hold truth, with a light touch of humor. Congratulations Tom, on Poem of the Day. Many blessings to you. ~ Brandy
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Date: 10/24/2018 12:51:00 PM
Thank you Brandy, we do forget sometimes but we had a power cut once and I lost a lot of work, I learnt the hard way. Tom.
Date: 10/24/2018 10:56:00 AM
Wow, I didn't even know this had happened, Tom. Must have been horrific for those affected as you describe. Though some may blame the Russians, I think the president would blame China. The internet can mystify sometimes. Glad everything is up and running again. Thanks for the heads up, Tom. Enjoyed your poem! Hugs, Carolyn
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Date: 10/24/2018 11:42:00 AM
Thank you Carolyn, yes many were affected by it including myself, comments and a poem vanished, there were many more worse affected than me. It's so important to back up your work, it will save a lot of heartache. Tom.
Date: 10/24/2018 10:43:00 AM
Hi Tom, Congratulations on your poem of the day, it is much deserved. Have a wonderful Wednesday. Your friend....Mike.
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Date: 10/24/2018 11:37:00 AM
Thank you very much Mike, I hooe you were not affected by it. Regards. Tom.
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