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This upcoming collection of haiku reflects the Maine I know and love. Here is a sampling of several stanzas from the section Winter Tales. I hope you enjoy them and would appreciate your comments. I plan to edit and format the collection during the holiday season, and hope to publish my first poetry book—MY MAINE, Haiku through the Seasons—early in 2019. ~Bette A. Stevens, Maine author 

Winter Tales

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

Winter genie waves
Its icy crystal scepter
Dawn’s magic appears

Silvery branches
Read a charmed folktale
A spellbound story

Pine cones and tassels
Mirrored in moonlight upon
White weighted branches

Chickadees dozing
Nestling, captive till
Morning sets them free

Shovels and snow plows
Storm’s ravings unraveled
Till the next arrives

Soups, stews and chowders
Stories told round the table
Favored winter fare

The sundial declares
Dwindling days this season
When nightfall looms large

Neighbors helping hands
Gifts from the heart most cherished
As storm clouds gather

Families and friends
Make merry through this season
Knee deep in snow

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 Holiday Season. ~Bette A. Stevens, Maine author

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Comments on: "MY MAINE “Winter Tales” (Haiku selections) from Bette A. Stevens’s WIP" (85)

  1. I love seeing Maine through your eyes, Bette.
    Absolutely beautiful! I’m looking forward to the entire collection 🙂

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  2. Bette, you give such a spontaneous and real feel to winter arriving at your beloved
    Maine. I can sense it all and recognise a lot from where I grew up.
    I wish you all success with your first poetry book. 💕 .

    Had to quote one stanza that made me feel warm this cold day.

    Soups, stews and chowders
    Stories told round the table
    Favored winter fare ”

    Miriam

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  3. I agree with Miriam,
    “Soups, stews and chowders
    Stories told round the table
    Favored winter fare”
    so perfect on this 18 degree morning! Beautiful, Bette!

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  4. Bette, thank you for sharing some of your winter haikus; they’ve so lifted my spirits and I’m smiling in anticipation of the new season! Your sense of wonder and joy in winter shines through! Wishing you best of luck and enjoyment with the final edits and formatting – can’t wait to read all about your Maine throughout the seasons early next year! hugs xx

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  5. Such a lovely sampling! ♥

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  6. Lovely words and again thank you for allowing me to see your part of the universe through your eyes!! a wonderful world it is, no doubt!!.. especially during the holidays… 🙂

    “The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.” Frederick Buechner

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    • Thanks so much for your thoughtful note, Larry. Wonders abound no matter the season. How blessed we all are and how important it is to spread kindnesses whenever we can and wherever we may be. Thanks for sharing yours with me. 🙂

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  7. Your winter tales are heart-warming Bette. I am looking forward to your first poetry book. Wishing you a lovely winter watch through the windows. Stay blessed!

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    • Thanks so much, Balroop. We had a pair of Cardinals and three Blue Jays adding lovely flashes of color among the winter branches during this week’s storm. The wonders never cease… Wishing you a lovely winter too, my friend. May your blessings abound! ❤ xo

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  8. D.L Finn, Author said:

    You captured this season so vividly and perfectly Bette! I enjoyed reading them with all the images coming to mind:)

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  9. A joy to read, Bette, as always. Beautiful. XO

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  10. Lovely Haiku, Bette! Thanks for sharing! 😘🤗🎄

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  11. Lovely Haiku, Bette! Thanks for sharing! 🤗😘

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  12. A gorgeous poem, Bette.

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  13. What a beautiful picture you paint with your words Bette! ♥ Blessings,
    Jennifer

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  14. Love all the haiku, Bette.

    Filled with little poetic stories.

    Good luck with your anthology,
    Eric

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  15. You always write so beautifully Bette. Best wishes for publication.

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  16. Oh Bette, this is lovely! We have perfectly captured what winter should be in your haiku string. It’s the winter of my dreams. Love and hugs, my dear friend. ❤️🤗❤️

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  17. Reblogged this on BOOK CHAT and commented:
    Bette Stevens’ sampling of stanzas from her Winter Tales section of her upcoming book of poetry, MY MAINE, Haiku Through the Seasons, paints an idyllic winter scene. So find your cozy spot and grab a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy these lovely haiku.

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  18. Maine should name you their Poet Laureate! Beautiful words… Makes me feel as though I am right there. ❤

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    • Dear Annette,

      Your lovely note touched my heart… ❤

      Sending a bushel of wishes for a winter filled with wonders to you and yours!

      Hugs and love,

      Bette

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  19. Bette, you capture the seasons through your poetry superbly! Sharing. ❤️

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  20. Reblogged this on BrewNSpew.

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  21. Beautiful! I could read haiku all day. I’ve never been to Maine, but someday I’ll get there.

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    • Hi, Amy. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your lovely words of encouragement. ❤ My Maine journey began decades ago when my husband and I would come every July for our family vacations. We'd camp on the land his grandparents had a farm that burned down in 1947. He purchased the land from the family in the 60s–that's when my love affair with a rural land and its people began. Hope you'll get to visit it someday! Wishing you a winter filled with wonders and Holiday Blessings to last through the New Year and beyond. xo

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  22. Lovely, Bette. Yup. That’s my Maine, too!

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  23. Love your verses. They paint a picture that I resonate with. I love Maine but haven’t been there in awhile. Thank you for bringing me a little closer.

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  24. I sure am looking forward to your book coming out, Bette. Will you be including your wonderful photos like the beautiful one portrayed in this post? I tried to respond the other day from my phone. But my phone wouldn’t let me into your comment section. LOL

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    • Thanks so much for taking time to visit and for your lovely comments, Tracy. ❤ I'm trying to put together a photo collage for each season… ❤ Blessings and love, dear friend. xo

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  25. These are so beautiful, Bette. Each one paints a picture of the Maine winter so vividly inside my imagination. They make me long for snow. 🙂

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  26. Lucy Nix said:

    Hi Sis,
    Love your poetry and Love the memories of the New England winters from a long ago childhood. Can’t wait till you get your Poetry book published. Best wishes on your endeavor! Merry CHRISTmas and Happy Holidays!!!

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    • Thanks so much for your visit and for your lovely note, Sis! ❤ Sending lots of love and wishing you a blessed and beautiful Christmas and New Year! xoxoxo

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  27. Beautiful, as usual.

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  28. If I didn’t know how dastardly Maine’s cold is, you’d inspire me to visit. But I don’t know if I cold get beyond it. Well, it’s about 42 there right now, not much colder than California. Hmm…

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    • Dressing in layers is key to combating the cold…and of course, a nice fire to keep us warm when we get inside. Forty-two sure is COLD for CALIFORNIA. We saw a foot snow in the High Desert our first CA Christmas, but it disappeared by noon. Our CA days, we dressed in layers to and always had jacket/sweaters handy in case when the sun went down. Loved those navy blue night skies… Wonders abound wherever we may be! ❤ Wishing you and your a lovely Christmas, Jacqui!

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  29. I always love your haiku poems! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!
    Tina

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  30. Congratulations on your first publication of poetry, Bette!! So happy for you!

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  31. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    Bette A Stevens has a new Haiku collection coming soon and here is poem from the book…

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  32. Congrats on your upcoming release Bette. Beauitful! ❤

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  33. Reblogged this on mallie1025.

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  34. YES, I can feel the cold crisp Maine air and see the beauty, through your poetry.

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  35. Beautiful words, Bette. I’ve never been to Maine but hear it’s stunning. Exciting to hear about the upcoming collection 🙂 Happy new Year!

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    • Thanks so much for your thoughtful note, Christy. I’m still working on pulling the collection together and hope to find a few early (pre-publication) readers willing to offer review blurbs for back cover etc. Let me know if you are interested. I would be honored to have your feedback. ❤ May your new year be bright and beautiful!

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  36. Lovely Haiku, Bette. Congratulations. ❤

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  37. Can’t wait. It will be beautifully done. Say a quick prayer please. Having chest pains on Holiday weekend with no good Dr’s in ER, and a snow, sleet bitter cold storm back to back. Many of my kids/ grand kids will be driving in it. Love you Micki

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  38. […] the Seasons—ready for publication. I invite you to take a peek at a sampling of haiku from the Winter Tales chapter. I’m looking for a few ARC reader/reviewers for pre-publication blurbs by […]

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  39. Great imagery. Since I live in almost the same type of climate, I can truly relate. Soup and stew season indeed! Kudos, Bette.

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