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Twitter resignation: Sun's CEO tweets haiku goodbye. So can you.

Sun Microsystems' CEO may have written the first Twitter resignation haiku.

By / February 4, 2010

Jonathan Schwartz (shown here in 2007) resigned as Sun Microsystems CEO Wednesday by posting a haiku on Twitter.

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On Wednesday night, Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz resigned from the company with a Twitter post. Some people suggests that's a first. What made it all the more remarkable was that his tweet ended with haiku:

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That is poetry for the workplace. In case you're considering writing your own workplace farewell, here are words to inspire you:

So you find you have the power:
depart the building, close the door.
But in that mighty gesture
you have opened many more.

– Blogger Shark, writing to his wife who was struggling over her job-resignation letter

To whom it concerns,
Your foul stench drives me away.
Best of luck, goodbye.

– Blogger Dratz, suggesting a haiku for a friend's resignation

Needless to say I surrender
To fate … this feeling of powerlessness
Is what kills me every single day.
I still choke with the words
I didn’t say.

Karla Bardanza

Sometimes, famous people turn to poetry to say goodbye:

Here Mother Nature wins
And it is as throughout all Alaska
That big wild good life
Teeming along the road
That is north to the future.

Sarah Palin, resigning as Alaska's governor (as spoofed by William Shatner on the video below).

Sometimes, famous people use verse to urge other famous people to resign:

I say it here and I say it rather clear —
It’s time for Nancy Pelosi to resign and get out of here.

– Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee writing about the current Speaker of the House

The last word goes to the famous poets, like William Shakespeare ...

I see things may serve long, but not serve ever. (Lavatch in "All’s Well That Ends Well")

... and David Allan Coe.

Take this job and shove it. (Made famous by singer Johnny Paycheck. See video below.)

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