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My upcoming collection of haiku reflects the Maine I know and love. Here is a sampling of several stanzas from the section Autumn Leaves. I hope you enjoy them and would appreciate your comments. I plan to have the entire collection edited, formatted and published before year’s end. ~Bette A. Stevens, Maine author 

Autumn Leaves

(Selected samples from MY MAINE, Haiku Through the Seasons by Bette A. Stevens)

Washed across woodlands
Blazing brush transforms the world
Into a canvas

Church steeples flashing
Like beacons across mural
Of the Master’s hand

Climb to the summit
Ascending steep timbered trails
Foliage at peak

Crispy, crunchy leaves
Frolic in the wind
Carnival classics

Skycastle ensigns—
Clever couriers announce
The coming tempest

Harvesting, mulching
Gardener’s work never done
But oh, the rewards

Cinnamon, nutmeg
Pumpkin confections abound
Connoisseur’s delight 

Window panes clatter
Leaves scatter in the whirlwind
Green fields turned umber

Drifting off to sleep
Reposing in tawny beds
Autumn leaves at rest

Thanks so much for taking time to read these selected verses from MY MAINE, Haiku Through the Seasons. I look forward to hearing your thoughts about them as I continue work on the collection. Wishing everyone a blessed and beautiful autumn. ~Bette A. Stevens, Maine author

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Comments on: "MY MAINE “Autumn Leaves” (Haiku selections) from Bette A. Stevens’s WIP" (62)

  1. Lovely words, Bette! I especially enjoyed how I could not only see, but also hear and smell this beautiful season. This also reminds me of the past and my home state, Michigan, which is bittersweet for me.

  2. D.L Finn, Author said:

    What a great taste of autumn through Haiku Bette! Loved it!

  3. I love the transitions. My favorite verse is
    Skycastle ensigns—
    Clever couriers announce
    The coming tempest.

    Autumn is my favorite season. I must admit this year’s autumn is a bit of a disappointment with all the rain that we have had, but I am still hoping to see a bit more color before the first snowfall.

    • Thanks so much, Barbara. We’ve been blessed with another glorious season of color here in Maine, but our autumn glow is fast fading and we’re in for a rainy week or so before the real snow works its magic. ❤ Three cheers to our awesome autumns! xo

  4. Bette, your haikus beautifully capture all the elements of Autumn and they are a delight to read. How exciting about your poetry collection and I imagine you are very busy at the moment preparing for publication! I’m so looking forward to reading your book. hugs xx

  5. They are all wonderful, Bette, capturing the spirit of autumn in gorgeous splendor. I love them all, but the first, second and fourth really resonated with me. I’m looking forward to your awesome collection. I know it will be perfect for quiet reflection.

    • Thanks so much, Mae. Spring, summer, winter and fall, MY MAINE has it all. I’ve spent 40+ years here in the place that holds my heart. After having spent years in CA, VA and NY (where I was born), traversing our beautiful country by southern, mid and northern routes and driving Atlantic and Pacific coast, I feel blessed to be retired in my heartland here in Maine. I’ll be spending the month of November, getting MY MAINE finished and hope you’ll enjoy my journey through the seasons. ❤ Blessings and love… xo

      • Bette, my husband and I are planning to visit Maine next September. We’ve been looking at Portland, Freeport and Bar Harbor but he has a co-worker who has a place about a half hour outside of Bar Harbor on a lake. We may end up going there. I think I will fall in love with your state when I visit. It’s been on my bucket list for a long time (hubby has been to Presque Isle, but many years ago). Very exciting about MY MAINE. I know I’ll love getting lost the pages!

  6. Beautiful haiku, Bette and that meme…love it, too!

  7. Bette, I’ll say it again, your Haiku samples are wonderful!
    Glad that you’re pressing on toward publication!

  8. Bette, they are all wonderful. Two and four resonate with me.

  9. Your haiku has always spoken eloquently to me Bette…Thank you for sharing these verses. Beautiful! I look forward to your book. Wishing you all the best.

  10. Crispy, crunchy leaves. I used to have to rake them all the time, no now. Beautiful poem. here in Ga, you have to go north to the mountains to see really beautiful colors. And the Master’s hand made me think of the poem by Myra Brook Welch, I’ll post it sometime this month.

  11. A pure delight for all the senses. Just lovely, Bette! Thank you for sharing. XO

  12. Beautifully written as always Bette. Congratulations and best wishes for publication. 🌼

  13. This is a beautiful piece, Bette! Sharing. xo

  14. Reblogged this on BrewNSpew and commented:
    Sharing Bette’s select samples from MY MAINE, Haiku Through the Seasons by Bette A. Stevens)

  15. Lovely haiku, Bette, and they also touch on our many senses. I look forward to reading your collection! ❤🍁🍂

  16. Isn’t that beautiful? You capture Maine (New England) autumn in all it’s glory, Bette. Congrats on your coming collection!

  17. You are very talented Bette. Will the Haiku’s be printed on photo pages of Maine? Your beautiful photos give your Haikus a complimentary visual aspect for those of us who are foreigners to Maine 😉
    Blessings,
    Jennifer

  18. I love these haikus! You got in all the pluses and beauty of Autumn. xo

  19. Simply lovely imagery, Bette. Love this. 🙂

  20. Wonderful, Bette. Reminds me of the autumns I enjoyed in Plymouth.

  21. I enjoyed the last one the best. Lovely poems. 🙂

  22. Thanks, Joe! Wishing you and yours an awesome autumn… 🙂

  23. I really am impressed. Magnificent array of words describing a heavenly place in the earth

  24. Beautiful selections of Haiku, Bette. Your imagery astounds!

  25. My husband just asked if I wanted to move to Maine (we’re looking for our retirement home) and my first thought was, too cold! But this reminds me there’s a lot more to it.

    Nice.

    • So much more, Jacqui… Winters do get COLD, but the wonders of nature warm the heart in every season. Of course, being retired now, we don’t have to go out in inclement weather! We’ve lived in NY, CA and VA, but my heart was always in Maine. The pace of life here is slow (peaceful) and welcoming (pristine) –guess that’s why they call it Vacationland. Glad to be back be to the place we call home. ❤ Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit. xo

  26. These are beautiful verses, Bette.

  27. Perhaps, I will come back as a Maine Moose, in the next life! ❤

  28. Thank you! Your four seasons are so different from my two. But I love the leaves on the ground, the gift of soil from the trees on the path of transformation.

  29. Bette, I love this haiku! As I read them, I had an inner experience of happiness and calm at the same time. Thank you, and welcome to my blog. Glad you found it! Blessings to you. ~Debbie

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