Big Iron Poetry

As part of the mainframe student contest, some of the 700 college students entered wrote a haiku.  Here is a sample: 

The wind blows softly
Through the leaves of autumn. wait,
That's just the mainframe
--Van Landrum, U. of South Alabama

Life on a mainframe
Is the life I want for me
Share my C.P.U.
-- Jeffrey Painter, NC State

F3 - Please take me
To a previous menu
And I will thank thee
--Marc Turnes, Northern Illinois U.

Mainframe oh mainframe
Today you work your hardest
Mainframe I thank you
--Stanley Hu, NC State

New world discovered 
Mainframes are a legacy 
In old lies future.
-- Ezra Fernandez, SUNY Binghamton U.

Less a lumbering
Dinosaur as is believed
Big iron is speed
-- Brian Capps of Portland Community College

Mainframes confound me
About them I am learning
With great interest
-- Nathan Kruser, SUNY Binghamton

I never knew that
Mainframes were so widely used
Throughout the whole world!
-- Miles Mykel, NC State

Golly the mainframe
It is so great and speedy
And so efficient!
-- Andrew Galla, California University of Pennsylvania

EBCDIC, ASCII
Which of the two is preferred?
Either way, convert
--Frank Migacz, Northern Illinois U.

I'm on z/OS
Mainframe enterprise OS 
Better than the rest
--Tim Pinkawa, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

I thought they were gone
Today, I learned they were not
Mainframes are quite cool
--Matthew Scouten, Marist College

Mainframes are a thrill
Always tough and ever still
Mighty machines, yes.
--AlexSandra Ellen, Marist College

Thousands of options
Stable like the mountain peak
Can it play Starcraft?
-- Ian Penney, Memorial University of Newfoundland

IBM's mainframe
A stable lighthouse shining
Saves us from darkness
-- Ian De Silva, Michigan State U.

Nothing can compare
This mainframe beats all others
Flat into the ground
--Joshua Roys, Michigan State U.

Mainframe, desire
But not too much, or it will
Surely overheat
--Aaron McMahan, West Virginia University at Parkersburg

Simply powerful
I hope everything goes well
Mainframe can be fun
--Thomas Chan, Northern Illinois U.

SCA, RB
IOB and TCB   
Control blocks are fun
--Jason Arnold, Northern Illinois U.

by Timothy Sipples December 30, 2005 in Contest
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Comments

I'm more of a limerick guy myself, but not to be left out:

The beautiful beast
Five hundred windows servers
Migrate to her strength

Posted by: Tim Washer | Dec 31, 2005 3:06:23 PM

Thanks for the mention!

(Although it's Tim Pinkawa, not Tom. :))

Posted by: Tim Pinkawa | Jan 1, 2006 4:49:04 AM

Error corrected, Tim. Thanks for letting us know.

Posted by: Tim Washer | Jan 1, 2006 12:53:52 PM

An error is made,
the Mainframe unafraid,
gives us the reason code.

Posted by: Nicholas @ University of Kansas | Jan 2, 2006 7:17:02 PM

Check out Business Week TechBeat Haiku Contest: Calling for Entries...

"...The inspiration: This blog collecting haikus about mainframes"

http://www.businessweek.com/the_thread/techbeat/archives/2006/01/tech_haiku_cont.html

Posted by: Tim Washer | Jan 3, 2006 5:22:19 PM

great great job tim. who would have thunk that student haikus would get mainframe blog into teh businessweekblog?

great job

my favourite:

The wind blows softly
Through the leaves of autumn. wait,
That's just the mainframe
--Van Landrum, U. of South Alabama

Posted by: james governor | Jan 4, 2006 8:12:54 AM

The mainframe is best,
looks like refrigerator.
Oh! But the power!

Also, Tim, if you prefer limericks, one contestant did send us this one:

There was an old hacker from Lisbon
Who sighed as he logged on the system
"These mainframes," said he
"are the best there can be,
it's a [darn] shame those young kids have missed 'em!"

Posted by: Mike Todd | Jan 4, 2006 11:27:21 AM

P.C.: Boot daily --
The solid, humble mainframe
keeps running for years.

Posted by: Dave Clark | Jan 4, 2006 12:33:40 PM

the blue screen blinds me
fist in keyboard, beeps ring out
a mouse click gone wrong.

Posted by: patrick dodson | Jan 10, 2006 12:02:52 AM

Modern mainframe computers have abilities not so much defined by their single task computational speed as by their redundant internal engineering and resulting high reliability and security, extensive input-output facilities, strict backward compatibility with older software, and high utilization rates to support massive throughput.

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Posted by: Timothy Sipples | Sep 29, 2009 4:03:29 AM

Nice poetries everyone! I liked reading them all. Thanks for posting.

Posted by: memoire d'ordinateur | Dec 21, 2009 1:43:08 AM

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