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Our rock garden at the Farmstead is singing. The Columbine were so glorious this season they inspired me to write “The Choral Debut,”  a haiku (Japanese-inspired, non-rhyming three-line: 5-7-5 syllable poem). I hope The Choral Debut inspires you to get outdoors and let nature sing its songs to you. 

The Choral Debut

HAIKU by Bette A. Stevens

Rising with the sun

Pristine perennials join

The choral début

I enjoy designing  posters to go with my poems and often use photos I have taken. As a former teacher (now retired) in grades four through eight, I’ve learned that kids of all ages love writing poetry and like me, they enjoy illustrating their poems too. It’s simple and it’s so much fun to tell a story in the three short lines of Haiku. Of course, you can write as many stanzas as you wish. I invite you to give it a try. In fact, I’m working on a Maine haiku collection that sings of the seasons. 

Don’t be shy. Grab a pen and paper, get outdoors, get inspired…and get the kids writing haiku too!

~Bette A. Stevens, Maine author/illustrator

(Haiku: m)


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: "Write a Haiku & Get the Kids Writing Too!" (61)

  1. This was beautiful Bette, the haiku, the beautiful image and the message to inspire creativity in children. <3

  2. Reblogged this on newauthoronline.

  3. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Most of us have sunny days at the moment but during the school holidays it can be a problem keeping the children occupied when it is raining.. here is something for a rainy day courtesy of Bette Stevens.. and it will encourage a new generation of poets…#Haiku

  4. Oh, my goodness, your columbine are gorgeous and your haiku pairs perfectly with them. You always post such lovely surprises for your fellow bloggers, Bette. Love and hugs. 💗💗💗

    • Thanks so much for your lovely words, Michelle. <3 Wishing you sunshine and roses… Our roses are sensational right now. It's been a glorious garden season and we're finally getting some much needed rain, but the sun will come out tomorrow… Blessings and love! xoxo

  5. Wish I’d had you around earlier when my kids were young, Bette! Such a good teacher!

    • So sweet of you, Noelle… Children are awesome–we learn as much or more from them and they do from us, My heart brims over with their sweet memories <3 xo

  6. Beautiful pairing of haiku and photo, Bette. The colors are gorgeous! 💗🌼🌷

  7. Lovely piece–and I agree that integrating the words into a visual, like you have, greatly enhances the meaning. Love your pic of columbine. Mine is blooming, too. 🙂

  8. You are so inspiring Bette, I have written a poetry post this week from your inspiration! ♥

  9. Great idea thanks for sharing Bette. 🙂

  10. Beautiful Haiku and gorgeous photo, Bette. I’m so inspired! ❤️

  11. Nicely done, Bette. Hugs xx

  12. Lovely! Shared and appreciated. Happy Summer to you and yours 🙂

  13. Beautiful, Bette! I love the idea of the ‘choral debut’ … your poem exquisitely presented along with the flowers. A delightful and heartwarming post. ❤️

  14. Reblogged this on BrewNSpew and commented:
    Sharing haiku and her own created image by Bette A. Stevens-

  15. Beautiful haiku, Bette, and what a lovely image. Creating your own image makes the piece all that more enjoyable. Reblogging.

  16. Reblogged this on Viv Drewa – The Owl Lady.

  17. Wait a min!
    You’re in Maine but your
    has Bloomed already?

    • Bloomed gloriously for three weeks and now the Tiger Lilies are nearly ready to sing a summer song… The procession of the perennials never ceases to amaze! Hard to believe that spring is past and summer commences today. <3 The gardens look lovely, but we are sorely in need of rain. Wishing you a blessed and beautiful summer, Janet! xo

  18. Lovely, Bette, as always! XO

  19. What a beautiful haiku, Bette:))

  20. There is something eminently doable about writing a haiku. Not so with epic poetry or so many other poem genres.

    • Haiku is among my favorites and its amazing what kids will come up with when exploring the great outdoors. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by to chat, Jacqui! xo

  21. Beautiful Bette!

  22. How can I but smile with such a choral debut.
    Beauty in colour and words.


    • Thank you so much for your thoughtful note, Miriam. After our long Maine winters, perennial spring and summer blooms dance and shout rejuvenation in lovely succession. <3 Oh the wonders… Blessings and love in every season, my friend. xo

  23. Such a beautiful haiku to match those lovely blooms. 🌼

  24. Very nice haiku, Bette. It really cheered up my day.

  25. Beautiful, Bette. It certainly is a glorious time of year. Happy Solstice!

  26. Beautiful Haiku and I always admire your presentation, which gives extra charm to words. 🙂 Keep inspiring dear friend. 🙂

  27. I love the colorful photo and the haiku, too! Such beauty makes me smile! Blessings to you, dear sister! xo

  28. Lovely, Bette. 🤗

  29. D.L Finn, Author said:

    Love your Haiku and how you presented it with the beautiful flowers. Great lesson on getting kids and adults involved in writing one!

    • Thanks for stopping by for a visit today, Denise. 🙂 Kids love to get out and explore their world and write about it and summer is a great time for us to get out there and join them. Wishing you and yours a lovely summer, my friend. xo

  30. Lovely, Bette. I remember my favorite exercises in school were those that involved writing and art together.

    • Thank you, Mae. My favorites were writing + art projects too… I suppose that’s why my students wrote and illustrated stories, poems, even book reports and we shared them with one another. One year, we published individual poetry books and had a “Poets on Parade” performance video taped and rolling during our open house. After that, I put together class books each year that included everyone’s featured stories and poems. Oh, so much talent and sheer joy for me as teacher… Thanks for jogging those marvelous memories, Mae! <3 Blessings and love… xo

      • Wow. You really brought out the best in your students, Bette. I’m sure many still remember all of those amazing projects fondly!

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