Inspired by chatting with Tim Fairhall, this is pair of patches for displaying haikus to networked performers. They're done as max for live patches, but would work equally well in pure max.
The first patch loads a collection of haikus from a text file, or sends them out as they are typed in. The lines are then distributed via net.maxhole to anyone else on the local network.
The second patch displays the haiku in a transparent overlay. It forces itself to the front for a set period of time, remains for a while longer (but allows other windows to come in front) and then disappears.