View Photo Gallery: Here are some of our favorite reader haikus, including the winning entry in our haiku contest.

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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