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Celebrating International Haiku Poetry Day!

JONQUILS Awaken HAIKU 2017 bas

As I wandered out into the garden with my trusty camera early this morning, much to my surprise, an icy blanket at the edge of the rock garden had melted and a family of opening jonquils greeted me with their smiles. Being the first blooms of the season, they simply made my day and inspired me to write “A Spring Concerto,” a haiku (Japanese-inspired, non-rhyming three-line: 5-7-5 syllable poem).

A Spring Concerto

Haiku by Bette A. Stevens

Jonquils awaken

Shaking their heads in wonder

A spring concerto 

I love designing posters to go with my poems and often use photos I have taken. As a former teacher (now retired) in grades four through eight, I know that kids of all ages love writing poetry and they enjoy illustrating their poems too. It’s simple and it’s so much fun to tell a story in the three short lines of Haiku. Of course, you can write as many stanzas as you wish. Today’s a perfect day for you to give it a try.

Get out your pen, get outdoors in nature, get inspired…and get the kids writing haiku too!

 

Check out Bette’s latest releaseMy Maine: Haiku through the Seasons (A collection of 150 haiku poems and 49 photos)—celebrating Maine, “The Way Life Should Be.”

~Bette A. Stevens, Maine author/illustrator

(Haiku: m)

haiku

noun hai·ku ˈhī-(ˌ)kü

plural

haiku

  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!" (52)

  1. […] Want to break up boring dialogue, show and not tell, stop info-dumping your setting, and sneak in character description? Check out K.M. Allen’s blog post! ~Bette A. Stevens 4writersandreaders […]

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  2. Ultra said:

    I like to read haiku poems

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  3. This is a beautiful springtime post and poem, Bette. Thanks for the sunshine it created. (I do love jonquils.) Hugs.

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  4. Beautiful salute to Spring!

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  5. Anonymous said:

    Happy Easter, Bette! 🙂

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  6. Moving is so hard,
    but where we go forever,
    brings peace, joy, and love.

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    • Amen on our forever home! ♥ Wishing you and Becky a Blessed Easter and all to go smoothly with your move. Thanks so much for taking the time to drop over. xo

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  7. Simply lovely, Bette!

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  8. Your haiku is beautiful, Bette! Happy International Haiku Day! Who knew? ❤ Have a wonderful Easter.

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  9. Love your spring concerto Bette, in harmony with the beautiful flowers. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. D.L Finn, Author said:

    I love your Haiku and ise of pthe pucture with it. Beautiful. Im very excited for your new book!

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  11. Hélène - Willow Poetry said:

    Sunny Jonquils, a beautiful sighting Betty. Thank you for this inspiring post.

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  12. Thank you for sharing!.. love your “spring concert” and looking forward to your book!… you and your family have a wonderful Easter holiday filled with love and happiness and hope the future is all that you wish for it to be!.. 🙂

    Until we meet again….

    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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    • Dear Larry

      Thanks so much for your kind words and lovely wishes… It’s beginning to look a lot like spring here at the Farmstead. Wishing you and yours a blessed and bautiful Easter! ♥

      May health and happiness abound for you, my friend.

      Hugs,
      Bette

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  13. What a delight for your sight this morning, Bette, and now one for ours, enhanced by your beautiful haiku.
    I love your ideas for encouraging children to write poetry. To do so, they also need to just observe – both wonderful skills to encourage.

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  14. So beautiful, Bette. Looking forward to your book.

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  15. I didn’t know this was International Haiku Day. Good to find out. And I love the lined paper at the top of this post. If I was on my Surface Pro, I could pull the digital pen out and ink a Haiku right here. Pretty clever.

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  16. You’re a wonderful wordsmith, Bette.

    I do agree about getting the kids into reading. It’s ever so important.

    Have a fabulous day, Bette. ♥

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  17. A beautiful haiku, Bette. I love the sense of surprise with each new bloom. 🙂

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  18. harmonykent said:

    Lovely, Bette 😊

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  19. Thanks for stopping by for a visit, Tina. Kids love to explore the world and express their findings with words and so do I… Happy Haiku Writing with the kids! 🙂 x0

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  20. Thank you, Bernadette. Have a blessed and beautiful day! ❤

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  21. Thank you for joining the conversation and sharing your awesome memory with me…I’ll be thinking of you and Glass Menagerie each time those jonquils reappear! Blessings and love, Bette

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    • How dear of you to say that – your reply has touched me more than you can imagine.

      There are days when I miss my theatre career dearly – and it is strange that, outside of my friends in NYC, so few people who think of me as a brain-based coach know that side of me, after it was such a huge part of my life for over 3 decades. You have made my morning with this comment, Bette.
      xx,
      mgh

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  22. Thank you, Sumith! Have a beautiful day, my friend. 🙂

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  23. Thank you for your visit and kind words. Have a beautiful day, my friend! 🙂

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  24. Hi, Gayl. Delighted that you stopped by to share about your passions. We certainly have much in common. I’ll be following your blog and look forward to learning more about you and journey. Blessings & love! 🙂 xo

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  25. Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit, Shirley. Happy Spring, my awesome #RRBC friend! 🙂 xo

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  26. Thanks so much! 🙂 xo

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  27. Thank you, Robbie. Hope you’re enjoying a sensational spring week too! xo

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  28. Thanks so much, my talented, thoughtful and beautiful friend! HUGS… ❤

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  29. Dear Annika,

    Your lovely comments simply made my day!

    Blessings & love,

    Bette

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  30. Thank you, Balroop. I love writing haiku! Blessings and love, my friend… ❤ xo

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  31. Thank you, Annette. After reading your post today, I simply had to get this one out there. Congrats on your new book–you chose a perfect time for its debut. Happy International Haiku Day & Month to you too, dear friend! ❤ xo

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  32. Thrilled to find spring’s first blooms here at The Farmstead. Somewhere, heaven only knows just where, our crocuses are hiding. Still have bits of ice and snow here and there. Have a sensational week enjoying the wonder of it all, Marilyn… That’s my plan! 🙂 ❤ xo

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