Mainframe Haiku?

Today’s Merc brought news of the mainframe haikus recently submitted as part of the IBM Student Mainframe contest. I showed the article to Diane, since she works on mainframes. She wondered if the two haiku printed in the Merc were the best, which moved me to compose my own haiku on the subject.

If those were the best
they should have used EBCDIC
they would be no worse

After looking at the broader collection on the website, I didn’t think the ones the Merc printed were the best, so my haiku was somewhat unfair — but it may be the first time “EBCDIC” has been used as part of a haiku, so I decided to post it anyway.