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Celebrating International Haiku Poetry Day!

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!


New poetry book to be released in paperback soon—My 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)


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!" (31)

  1. D.L Finn, Author said:

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

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

  3. 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)

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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. ♥

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

  9. Lovely, Bette 😊

Thanks so much for stopping by to join the conversation.

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