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Happy Spring!

We’re finally seeing a bit of bare ground here at the farmstead in central Maine. Snow is slowly melting and potholes are keeping us wide awake on the roadways. We won’t see these blossoms for another month, but the three haiku verses that follow will show you how our season is progressing. This photograph is from—MY MAINE—my poetry and photography collection scheduled for release soon (April/May 2019). The collection includes 49 of my photographs along with 150 haiku poems that take readers on a seasonal journey through the Maine I know and love. The book includes a haiku tribute, “Maine Pines and People,” plus interesting facts and symbols from The Pine Tree State.

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 as 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!

My Maine: Haiku through the Seasons

(Excerpt from “Spring Awakenings”)

Rivers spill over
While ice jams—slowly melting
Weep upon their beds

Potholes irk drivers
As roadways turn to washboards
Kids giggle in back

Hills and vales exult
Rivers and streams sing arias
Mud season arrives

© 2019 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 Spring Haiku & Get the Kids Writing Too!" (57)

  1. In a lot of ways I don’t consider it “spring” here in New England until the snow is all melted (it wasn’t on the first day of spring) and the daffodils pop out. Finally, eureka, I see yellow now! Your post inspired me to encourage my adult writing students to practice haiku. They found it so challenging, like a puzzle, thus I think it’s good for them , and for all of us to “haiku.” Yours are lovely, Bette.

    • Hi, Pam. 🙂 How delighted I am to hear that you and your students are taking the haiku challenge! It’s a great way to have fun puzzling with words… All of my students enjoyed doing just that. Haiku is a great way to introduce (young) writers to their tool box of literary devices. So happy to hear that you’re doing that too. When friends ask me what Im doing, I often answer, “Puzzling with words!” Days are getting warmer here too, snow is melting and we’re watching little patches of daffodils reaching up. The great awakening is on its way. Have lots of fun puzzling with your students. Wishing you all a blessed and beautiful spring! <3 xo

  2. Lovely poems, Bette, that remind me of Vermont springs. Here in OR we don’t have the ice, but the potholes? Yep, we got those! And soon the flowers. 🙂 Happy Spring!

  3. I love your Haiku trio, Bette. I can identify with all of them, especially the potholes. As for the other two, without spring rains and melting snow, we wouldn’t have the bounty of spring flowers, budding trees, and deep green grass. Love and hugs, dear friend. 💕🤗💕💕��

    • Thanks so much for your sweet note, Michelle! April showers will. indeed, bring those glorious May flowers. Yay! <3 Sending lots of love your way... <3 xo

  4. Hello, Bette! I love your trio of Haiku––beautiful. They have great imagery and really show us what’s going on in your neck of the woods. <3 xo

  5. What a lovely series of haiku to record the change of seasons, Bette. I like that you suggest children should join in the writing too. I love to write poetry with children. I look forward to your new book.

    • Thanks so much for your lovely note, Norah. Children love writing poetry and writing haiku is a fun way to get them inspired by the great outdoors. I taught grades 4 and 5 and was an ESL (English as Second Language) teacher for grades 6,7 & 8–preparing them for the mainstream classroom. I found that reading and writing poetry with the students provided a firm foundation for literacy and love of language for all age groups. Happy reading and writing, my friend. <3 xo

      • I totally agree with you about poetry, Bette. It is a wonderful way to explore our observations and feelings and a perfect way to experiment with language. As long as it’s fun for children, they will engage with it. Together we can turn a new generation of children onto poetry reading and writing. 🙂

  6. How exciting Bette re the forthcoming release of your book! It’s so interesting to me, those of you who live with snow. We don’t have snow in our area, even in our winter. It’s 9 hours on by road trip to our snowy mountains in winter from here.
    Love your Haikus! ♡

    • Hi, Jennifer. Thanks so much for stopping by to visit my little corner of the globe and for sharing about yours… Oh, the wonder of it all! <3 Blessings and love...

  7. So beautiful, both the poem and the picture. 🙂

  8. YES! Your haiku‘s will bring along spring more quickly for sure. Being in the Boston area we are a little ahead of you but still no blooms on the trees. Daffidil‘s are trying to pop out of the soil. But I am slowly warming up. Great post!

    • We’re expecting a few inches of snow tonight, but spring has definitely sprung… Daffodils and tulips are poking up through the autumn leaves and frozen fields are showing bare spots. Yay! Can’t wait for those first crocuses to give us a shout… Thanks for stopping by to check it out. HAPPY SPRING! 🙂

  9. Bette, Happy Spring to you! 😀 Thank you for bringing some of the delights of the season to us through these haikus, filled with the splendour and awe as well as the down-to-earth!

    How exciting that your latest book is out soon … wishing you the best for ‘MY MAINE’ and I love the idea of a combination of your wonderful photos and poetry. ❤️

    • Hi, Annika. Thanks so much for your lovely note and words of encouragement. <3 Wishing you a joyous and wonder-filled season! xo

  10. Beautiful, Bette, as always! Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

  11. Nice to hear the weather is warming up for you, Bette. Enjoy the warmer weather and do be careful of the potholes. So lovely to hear your haiku book is coming along, and thanks for the sneak peak. ‘Mud season arrives’ – hope you avoid any puddles of mud too but if not…just enjoy 🙂

  12. Thanks for sharing the update on your Haiku book. It sounds like a ton of work that I’m certain will be a winner, Bette. 🙂

  13. D.L Finn, Author said:

    I love your Haiku Bette and the glimpse you give us into Maine living. I’m really looking forward to your book and photos! Maine is a place I’ve always wanted to visit! Have a great week.

    • Thanks so much, Denise. <3 The print book will be out first (I have it all edited and formateed)--including 49 of my photos. Then, I'll have to work on the digital version (planning 5 photos for that edition/so I don't have cost overrides with eBook delvery charges). I've got my publishing company and business bank account all set up. Now, I've got to work on a book description for the ISBN. Ever thanks for taking time to share your publishing experiecnce and provide your thoughtful answers to my questions. I'm a bit nervous, bu excited too. :) Appreciate your ongoing support, my friend. xo P.S. Wishing you a wonderful week too!

      • D.L Finn, Author said:

        That must have been a project with 49 pictures! Pictures really do add to poetry I think. Glad I was of some help:) Can’t wait to see it!

  14. Lovely poem and so apt for Maine this time of year. Here is the situation at my home.

    Wind whistling through trees
    Crocuses poking heads up
    Brown grass turning shades of green

    • Thank you, Barbara! 🙂 The wind is whistling here too… love the description of Spring in your little corner of the world. Oh, the wonders!

  15. Beautiful! Just beautiful!!

  16. This is a perfect Haiku to describe spring in Maine, Bette. Love it!

  17. Dear Bette, your Haikus are delightful, filled with nature and humour.
    Will give a try at writing some, I might get hooked…


  18. Dear Bette, these Haiku are delightful in so many ways. Nature and humour combined.
    Will try some for fun of learning and maybe get caught.😊


    • Thanks so much, Miriam. <3 I think you'll have lots of fun writing haiku... For me, it's puzzling with words--finding just the right ones to tell a short story. xo

      • Sorry about two comments, reason being that the first hadn’t shown for me.
        I have written a few Haikus but prefer to go with the flow as it presents itself.
        It is an interesting form to say much in few words.

  19. I always love your haikus and poetry, Bette. I’m also looking forward to the release of your book. I can’t wait to see Maine for myself next September. We’ll be in Sullivan on a lake. I think Bar Harbor is a 30 minute drive and Bangor about an hour. I’m really looking forward to hiking around the lake!

    • Thanks for your sweet note, Mae. <3 I'm so excited that you're coming to discover Maine for yourself and September is a great time to do that. We almost bought a Victorian home in Sullivan in the 1980s, but settled on one in Pittsfield instead. Sullivan is a beautiful area and the Reversing Falls are nearby. Also, you'll want to be sure to explore Schoodic Peninsula on your way to Bar Harbor. We're in Hartland, about an hour west of Bangor. You're sure to make magical memories during your visit to The Pine Tree State... Can't wait to hear what you think about my book and about Maine! xo

      • Thanks so much for the info on what to see and explore. I’m very excited. My husband was in Presque Isle once, but I’ve never been to Maine. It’s also nice that I now have an idea of where you are in that huge northern state!

  20. Excellent haiku! I’ve written quite a few myself.

  21. Thanks for another glimpse into what is going to be a beautiful book, Bette!!!

  22. Beautiful, Bette! Our blooms have already disappeared from the March winds.

  23. A beautiful poem, Bette. Main is were Stephen King lives and sets many of his novels. VEry cold.

    • Thank you, Robin! Stephen King’s Maine house is only about 45 minutes drive from us. If you haven’t read his book ON WRITING: A memoir of the Craft, I highly recommend it to all writers. Have a great week, my friend. 🙂 xo

  24. Your haiku, as always, are beautiful Bette. They say a lot in few words. looking forward to your book! Have a wonderful week, dear friend.

  25. It’s a lovely poem. We do have blooms here in Virginia. Our pear and cherry trees are in full blossom, pretty.

    • hi, Priscilla. Thanks so much for your thoughtful note and visit. We’re finally seeing some greenery popping up among autumn’s fallen leaves. Hubby and I lived in Fort Belvoir, VA from 2001-2005 and I taught at Penn Elementary in Prince William County (grades 4-5). We had a chance to see the glorious Apple Blossoms in DC while we were there too! 🙂 Enjoy the wonders in your little corner of the world, my friend… xo

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