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So Long Sweet Dreams

Haiku by Bette A. Stevens

Beast of a blizzard

Tromping in to surprise us

Sweet dreams disrupted

“During February and March, I’ll be getting my first poetry collection—MY MAINE, Haiku through 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 month’s end. You can let me know in the comments section below. Thanks so much for your continued support”

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Comments on: "February Writing Prompt from Diana Peach" (80)

  1. […] Bette Stevens – So Long Sweet Dreams […]

  2. Bette,

    I appreciate you taking the time to read my Tuesday Coffee poem (Little Miracle) at Eugenia’s place BrewNSpew yesterday. Maine is a beautiful state. We’ve had the pleasure to vacation there a few times over the years and now our youngest daughter lives in Sabbatus. She’s been a resident since Nov. 2017. Anyhow, I enjoyed reading this little verse and I did a quick hop to check out your hiatus sample for your upcoming new book.

    Please let me know if I can help you promote your book(s) anytime. I’m always happy to help when I can. Speaking of which I need to get a book launch post together for Jacqui that needs to go live on March 21. 🙂 Have a wonderful Wednesday!

    Your new friend from East TN & veteran Homeschool mom of three! 😉

    • Hi, Cathy!

      Thanks so much for taking time to chat and for your generous offer of support. Delighted to discover that we have those Maine connections. I’m in the process of formatting “MY MAINE, Haiku through the Seasons” and would love to have your help for the launch, which should be in late April. Also ,I’m looking for ARC Readers for pre-release blurbs for front matter of book and back cover. Let me know if you’re interested.

      Meanwhile, I’ve got to get Jacqui’s Launch Post ready too. Featuring her new book here on March 11. So glad that we’ve connected. Have a great week and enjoy you early spring!

      P.S. Loved your verse of the day… that good old Golden Rule. <3


  3. Your site is beautiful and so full of good writing and friends! How wonderful to encounter you on a cool Southern California day! Thank you kindly.

  4. A perfectly gorgeous response, Bette. Love it!

  5. Totally know the feeling! Waiting for spring too, this weekend’s going to give us a little taste of it with temperatures rising over 10degrees Celsius. 😄 Love these prompts by Diana and reading what every one comes up with, your Haiku is a wonderful contribution, Bette! 😄❤

  6. Such a lovely poem, thank you..

  7. One measure of how good a piece of writing is might be how annoyed I am that I didn’t write it. Case in point:

    I went to Diana’s site earlier this month and stared at the prompt for quite a while. I stared at it some more. I had nothing.

    Went back again. Still nothing. Grrr. I just couldn’t reconcile the surrealistic elements.

    And then you do it with such apparent ease here, and in such a way that OF COURSE this is what this image is about. There’s a beautiful inevitability in that feeling for me, as in how could that prompt be about anything else?

    Well done, Bette. Love the poem. 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Cathleen! <3 The responses have been as unpredictable as the weather… All very creative. I've just finished formatting my first poetry book and needless to say I'm going crazy with all that still needs to be done. I'll be looking for ARC pre-release blurbs for "MY MAINE, Haiku through the Seasons" Let me know if you have an interest or know of anyone that might be interested.Have a fabulous week and enjoy what remains of the winter in your little corner of the world. xoxoxo

  8. Reblogged this on Poetry Repository.

  9. Bette, that is exquisite! What a marvelous response to the prompt. Great big hug! 🐘

    • Thanks so much for your sweet note, Teagan. The responses to Diana’s prompt have been so creative. I loved how you tied it in to your series. <3 Hugs & Happy Weekend! xx

  10. So nicely done!

  11. Lovely Haiku, Bette. Great take on the prompt. 😀 xo

  12. a great interpretation of the prompt!

  13. Reblogged this on Myths of the Mirror and commented:
    From snowy Maine, a haiku from Bette. Enjoy.

  14. I know how cold it can get in Maine, we were there once. What a joyous haiku to bring about the coming of spring. It’s nice, Bette! <3

  15. Although i can not haiku my self I can appreciate a good one. Nicely done.

  16. This is perfect to go with the prompt, Bette. I love it!

  17. This is perfect to go with Diana’s prompt, Bette. I love it!

  18. Nice interpretation, Bette. Enjoyed it.

  19. A delightful haiku, Bette.

  20. Bette, you wrote another beautiful haiku that corresponds so nicely to the image. >3

  21. A lovely haiku, Bette! Spring is on its way – I hope! 🙂

  22. A lovely Haiku Bette. Best of luck with your new publication.

  23. Such a beautiful haiku..🤗🤗🤗

  24. Bette, I love this!! 😀 This is wonderfully inspired, topical and fun! A great combination and joy to read. Hope that ‘Beast of a blizzard’ soon makes way for Spring! Xx

  25. A perfect haiku for that photo, Bette. Winter has certainly been a beast the last few weeks!

  26. animalistic
    haiku 🙂

  27. Lovely Haiku. Smiling at the image. Your words were perfect for it.
    Stay inspired. Have a beautiful week.

  28. Mary-The Boondocks Blog said:

    What a great prompt for writing. The possibilities are endless with what you can write about.

    • It sure is, Mary… Diana’s photo prompt has already garnered some great responses. Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit. 🙂

  29. D.L Finn, Author said:

    Yes they can disrupt dreams. Great Haiku.

  30. Thank you for sharing… lovely words… here on the path dreams don’t stop simply because of a little ole storm, especially when it was expected.. 🙂

    “Every morning your have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them.”

  31. Love this, Bette!

  32. Although it is the middle of winter in my country, spring will come to me.
    Your haiku is beautiful, you are talented. I’m glad I met you.
    Best wishes

    • Thanks so much, Ultra. <3 Winter woes will soon be a thing of the past and spring will come singing its sweet song… Blessings to you and yours.

  33. We are all waiting and we just had the beast roar through yesterday and the day before. I’m so ready for some spring.

    Have a fabulous day and week, Bette. ♥

    • Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit, Sandee. We’re experiencing a heat wave at 34 degrees today–tiny taste of spring before another beast rolls in. <3 Wishing you a fabulous day and week too! xo

      • That’s a heat wave. You made me laugh out loud. I guess after that really cold you had this is a blessing. We are having storm after storm here, but it’s not that cold. 🙂

  34. Yay! I’m so glad the prompt inspired you, Bette. A beautiful haiku and yes sometimes winter tromps in. 🙂 Spring is scurrying around on the horizon!

  35. Lovely Haiku! Some beasts pass by…spring awaits at the sidewalk!
    Thanks for sharing Bette.

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