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February 11, 2010

There probably has been a resignation given in the form of a haiku, a type of Japanese poem. And there probably has been a resignation given via Twitter. But this is the first time we've heard of someone resigning with a haiku and Twitter, and it is a high-profile chief executive officer, no less.

Sun Microsystems chief executive officer Jonathan Schwartz combined a little old with a little new to submit his resignation from the company, which Oracle recently purchased. He used a Haiku to announce his resignation via Twitter, staying within the 140 character limit.

He introduced his haiku by writing: “Today's my last day at Sun. I'll miss it. Seems only fitting to end on a #haiku .”

Here's the haiku that followed:

“Financial crisis/Stalled too many customers/CEO no more.”

As you can see, he went with the 5-syllable/7-syllable/5-syllable format. However, we cannot find the kigo (a word indicating the season), which is the heart of any Haiku. Can you? Maybe financial crisis indicates the summer of 2008?

Sources: New York Times and Twitter

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