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Enjoying another snow day at the farmstead in central Maine. This haiku is from my current work in progressMY MAINE, Haiku Through the Seasonsa poetry collection schedule to be released early in 2019. The photo of field and forest (taken from the back patio at the farmstead) inspired me to write today’s featured haiku. “Snowfalls” is a verse from the WINTER TALES section. Wherever you are, whatever the season, I invite you to get outdoors and get inspired. Join the fun and write a seasonal haiku about what’s inspiring you. It’s easy as 1-2-3… You’ll find the definition and descriptive details of writing haiku below. If the kids are around, make it a family affair—they’ll love it!



Reign over field and forest

Supremely sovereign

~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: "Write a Winter Haiku & Get the Kids Writing Too! —”Snowfalls” (Haiku from MY MAINE) by Bette A. Stevens" (64)

  1. A delightful haiku, Bette.

  2. Beautiful choice of words Bette. Love that picture too. 🙂

  3. Gorgeous, Bette!

  4. D.L Finn, Author said:

    Beautiful photo and Haiku to go with it Bette:)

  5. It’s so lovely, Bette. Thanks for giving us another glimpse of your book. Hugs.

  6. Ultra said:

    I like poetry. My haiku:

    Snow bow on the strings
    a white, harsh winter lady
    plays the notes sheet.

  7. Lovely poem, Bette, and thanks for the tips on writing with children. I think we might write some poetry this weekend. 🙂

  8. Lovely, Bette. We had so much rain the snow longer reigns in our backyard. But I have no doubt there will be more. As well as more beautiful photos and haikus from you!

    • Only a little rain here, so snow is still reigning supreme! I’d rather have snow this time of year… Thanks so much for your lovely note, Molly! 🙂 xo

  9. Lovely as always—and what a view you have!

    P.S….I just ordered Maine Lobster tails for New Year’s Eve. It’s been way too long since I’ve had an actual MAINE tail!

    • Perfect way to welcome the New Year! I enjoyed Maine Baked Stuffed Lobster for my birthday last month…always a treat. Wishing you and yours a blessed and beautiful New Yar, Mae! ❤ Thanks so much for your lovely note. xoxoxo

  10. Fantastic. Great timing too. Thanks Bette. 5-7-5. I’m taking a stab.

    The flakes flutter down
    And our snowshoes crunch so loud
    Summer comes too soon

    • Well done! Oh, how I love those snowshoe days–crunching through the wonderland of winter. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by and giving winter a haiku try! xo

  11. Bette, my heart soars from the beauty of your haiku and photo. No wonder with such majestic landscape you feel it is ‘supremely sovereign’! Here dull grey damp rain reigns … can’t wait for frost and snow – then I’m happily outside! Wishing you a lovely second advent this weekend, my friend! ❤️

    • Thanks so much for your lovely words of encouragement, Annika. ❤ There is nothing quite as magical as watching each new snowfall as it renews the landscape and freshens our perspective. Looks like we're in for a long, cold, snowy winter this year… I love snowshoeing through our woodland trails on sunny days, but so look forward to spring's renewal too. Wishing you a winter filled with wonders, dear friend. xo

  12. A lovely way to welcome snowfall, Bette! Lovely haiku and photo. xo

  13. Makes me fall in love with snow… ❤

  14. A lovely haiku, Bette – and children absolutely love crafting them! Thank you for sharing the idea:))

  15. It’s interesting how intimidating haikus can be to some. Even my creative writing students cringe when I suggest we work on some, and yet, they’re so delightful once we urge ourselves to lose all the extra words, and just go 5-7-5. Love yours here, Bette.
    Outside my front door
    The oak stands firm and joyful
    Birds sing heartfelt thanks.

    • Thanks so much for your thoughtful note and lovely haiku share, Pamela… When I was teaching (grades 4-8) haiku creations were always a favorite–telling a story in three little lines and sharing them… oh how we all love that. ❤ May your winter be filled with wonders!

  16. Thanks for sharing…. a lovely picture with a lovely poem!… it is snowing here as I type this but no why near a pretty as the picture!.. 🙂
    Have a wonderful holiday and may each and every day be filled with love and happiness!..

  17. A lovely introduction Bette. What a beautiful write! You have touched on hearts in a cozy season. Cheers!

    • Thanks so much for your sweet note… Wishing you a winter filled with wonders–abundant blessings at Christmas and through the coming New Year! ❤

      • Thanks for your kind sweet wishes. Blessings in health and abundance to you and your loves ones. Sending you festive and New Year Hugs!!❤❤❤❤❤

  18. A collection of seasonal haikus will be wonderful to read, and judging by that photo you’ve had some gorgeous scenery to inspire you.

  19. Simple but poignant dear friend! ♥

  20. Beautiful, Bette! Such tranquillity and grace. Thanks so much for sharing. XO

  21. Oh, Bette, I love this one. Maybe your best. 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Joe. Winters here may be long and cold, but the beauty abounds… Wsihing you a blessed and beautiful Christmas–may wonders abound in the New Year! ❤ xo

  22. […] Haiku & Get the Kids Writing Too – “Snowfalls” (Haiku from MY MAINE by Bette A. Stevens https://4writersandreaders.com/2018/12/04/s-writing-too-snowfalls-haiku-from-my-maine-by-bette-a-st… A lovely example of a popular verse […]

  23. Delightful, Bette. Pithy and true.

  24. I love your haiku! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!

  25. A lovely winter haiku, Bette. I will have to get my 5-year-old granddaughter to work on one with me. She’s young, but she catches on quickly. Love and hugs, dear friend.

  26. This is a lovely poem, Bette–and the view of all that gorgeous white snow, stretching out in temporary perfection–well, I can see why you wrote it. Gorgeous scenery moves me, too. 🙂

  27. Another beautiful poem, Bette. Keep up the great work.

  28. This post would also be great to share on my blog, if you allow…

    • Hi, Wanda. Thanks so much for your generous note of support… 🙂 I would be delighted to have you share it! 🙂 Wishing you a lovely winter week filled with wonder, my friend!

  29. Reblogged this on Wanda Luthman's Children's Books and commented:
    Another great post from Bette’s blog. Here’s something to get the kids writing.

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