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Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Haiku of the day

To brighten your day and to celebrate all things spring, all week we’ll be offering a haiku of the day written by our haiku contest winner, Stephen McClurg of Birmingham, Ala., who also happens to teach high school English. And if you feel inspired to join in, leave your own creative contribution in the comments section.

When cherry blossoms
Speak, sometimes I swear I can
Hear the falling snow

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