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Enjoying another snow day at the farmstead in Central Maine. My current WIP (work in progress) is a poetry collection that I plan to publish this year. The photo shows the east side of our barn (I love that spruce tree we planted a few years back.) here at the farmstead.  Today I’ve written Winter Ensemble and invite you to join the fun and write a haiku too. If the kids are around, you can make it a family affair—get them writing haiku with you!

Nor’easterly winds
Lead frozen boughs in tempo
Winter ensemble

~Bette A. Stevens


noun hai·ku \ˈhī-(ˌ)kü\
  1. :  an unrhymed verse form of Japanese origin having three lines containing usually five, seven, and five syllables respectively; also :  a poem in this form usually having a seasonal reference — compare tanka

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Comments on: "Writing Haiku: Winter Ensemble (Haiku) by Bette A. Stevens" (55)

  1. […] What a lovely surprise to find today… Thank you, Natalie Ducey! ~Bette A. Stevens, Maine author […]

  2. This is a beautiful haiku, Bette, and I love that you paired it with the photo of your barn. There is something romantic about barns in all their shapes and sizes. My dream since childhood was to have a farm with multiple barns. You sure have had some extreme weather this year with the nor’easters passing through. I understand there is another heading up along the coast this week for three in a row. Keep warm, my friend. Love and hugs. ❤️❤️❤️

    • Thanks so much, Michelle. It certainly has been a long winter, but spring is in the offing… Have a beautiful week, dear friend. <3 <3 <3 Sending lots of LOVE your way… xo

  3. Love your work. Thank you for the follow. I look forward to reading more of your works.

  4. Bette let me know when your poetry book comes out. I would love to be on a launch team if you form one to help you get the word out. Thanks for sharing on the #LMMLinkkup this past week.

    • Hi, Mary. Thanks so much. It will be several months before the launch of Heaven and Nature Sing, but I’ll keep you posted. Ever thanks for your support! 🙂 xo

    • Hi, Mary. Thanks so much. It will be several months before the launch of Heaven and Nature Sing, but I’ll keep you posted. Great to be connected, my new friend Have a great week. 🙂 . Ever thanks for your support! 🙂 xo

  5. Haiku is one of my favorite writing forms. It looks easy but is actually hard. It takes lots of creativity.

  6. Lovely, Bette! It makes me shiver to think of the cold. We are warming up a little here in New England. Can’t wait for spring! Ahh! 🤗 💕

  7. A lovely haiku, Bette, which goes beautifully with the picture.

  8. Bette, you’ve created another great Haiku. There’s nothing quite like living on a farmstead.
    Our last home (an 1847 farmhouse) was nestled high on a hill.
    Excited to hear you’ll be publishing a poetry collection!

    • HI, Tracy. Thanks so much for your lovely comment and awesome support. Delighted to find that you’ve shared our farmstead experience. <3 Wishing you a beautiful and blessed day, dear friend. xo

  9. Beautiful, Bette, as always. So delighted to learn you’ll be publishing a poetry collection this year. A gift for the soul, indeed. XO

  10. Love the haiku and the image, Bette! Well done. 😀 xx

  11. A beautiful barn, Bette, but it does look cold in spite of that glitter of blue. Lovely haiku, my friend. Stay warm!

    • Thank you, Diana. 🙂 Temp in mid-30s today and the sunshine is glorious… Looks like most of the week will be the same and that means melting. Yay–spring is on its way! xo

  12. Your haiku is lovely, Bette, along with your photo! It sounds gorgeous to me simply because we don’t get snow in the bay area. 🙂 It’s been awhile since I’ve written a haiku, so here’s an old one I thought I’d share:


    dangling in the sky
    while the sun rests for awhile
    only the stars know

    Have a wonderful start to your week! Hugs xo

    • Fantastic haiku, Lauren! <3 I grew up in Santa Clara and love the California coast as much as I do the Atlantic. There's something special about the sea. Dan & I spent six years in Southern CA when he was working for DOD in the 90s. May your week be filled with wonders, my friend. xo

      • Thanks, Bette, and what a small world! I was raised in southern Cal., then moved to the bay area 19 years ago. My family is still down there. Wishing you a wonderful week, too! Hugs xo

  13. Totally captures winter in 17 syllables! Well done.

  14. A shivery delight of a winter Haiku, Bette. I love the photo too! We are finally warming up a bit in my area, though we’re on day #5 of rain. I’m looking forward to spring and budding flowers!

  15. Very nice

  16. Reblogged this on ThusNSuch and commented:
    Sharing lovely haiku and photo from Bette.

  17. I love this Bette! A perfect haiku for the winter season, and lovely photo as well. Reblogged to ThusNSuch.

  18. A lovely haiku Bette and I do like your barn. Best wishes with your WIP. xx

  19. Perfect photo, and the Haiku is exquisite, Bette. I’m looking out in my backyard this morning and as the sun stirs up the wind, I hear a symphony. And that is so much better than thinking how draw it looks!

  20. That’s a nice one and all the best for your new poetry collection…

  21. Wonderful Bette! And I’m so glad you have a new book coming soon! Have a great week!!! 🙂 <3

  22. Oops sent before I had finished!
    I love your photo too.

  23. Love your gift Bette, you are inspiring my old love of poetry

  24. Lovely haiku Bette…the picture seems magical due to the bubbles all over the roof and the sky! Special effects?

  25. Beautiful haiku,Bette! Your snow photo is a delight and I can feel the cold of the snow! The easterly wind is bringing Arctic conditions to the UK this week … it’s not often we can say we’re actually colder than the arctic! Btw, I’m so excited to read about your latest WIP and wish you best of luck with completing the poetry collection. ❤️🌺

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