A writer inspired by nature and human nature


“A nature-filled land that enlivens the senses and soothes the soul—to me, Maine is poetry.”
Bette A. Stevens

Seven-year-old Sophie loves to read and listen to poetry! I discovered that about her when I met Sophie and her mom Janet the evening of my book signing, “Celebrating  Maine through Poetry” presentation in October.  Now Sophie loves to write poetry too! 

In fact, Sophie enjoys poetry so much that Janet told me how grateful she was that they had come that night to learn about  the benefits that poetry provides for readers and writers of all ages. The audience even had a chance to practice finding some of the poetic devices I used when writing My Maine, Haiku through the Seasons that evening.

When we talked about the beauty and bounty that Maine has to offer, Janet shared that she had recently taken her children on a day trip to Borestone Mountain. Borestone is a popular hiking spot near the center of the state, with a trailhead located on Mountain Road near Willimantic. Sophie and Janet have captured Borestone beautifully in their haiku! 

Beautiful Borestone

Climbing made it fun
Brilliant trees and pretty lakes
Beautiful Borestone

Haiku by Sophie & Janet

Janet and I have kept in touch by email since the event and I was delighted when she sent me photos she’d taken at Borestone and a haiku that she and Sophie had written together.  Sophie wants to write more poetry! That makes my author/teacher heart sing…

 

Educators, librarians, community groups and organizations:

Maine author and retired teacher Bette A. Stevens shares her love of Maine, of poetry, of nature and of reading and writing with children and adults of all ages. Stevens is currently booking presentations for Spring 2020 in the central Maine area as “The Pine Tree State” launches its Bicentennial celebrations. Stevens’s presentations are tailored to your classroom/group needs. Poetry is powerful and its benefits are invaluable. For more information contact the author at bettestevens@tds.net SUBJECT: POETRY—Group Presentation.

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Comments on: "Beautiful Borestone—A Maine Haiku & a View from the Mountain too!" (64)

  1. Nice to see a child so young take an interest in poetry.

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    • Poetry provides a perfect foundation for modeling and teaching reading and writing–literacy skills often lacking in our world today. It’s benefits don’t stop with children. CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies are searching for poets as managers. I’ll be writing more about the subject. Thanks so much for stopping by to enjoy the haiku and hike with Sophie and her mom. 🙂

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  2. Lovely quote to start with, Bette. The photo Janet took of Borestone is gorgeous, and she and Sophie did a wonderful job with the Haiku. It’s great how you inspired a little girl to write poetry. ❤ xo

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  3. Maine seems to be a heavenly state. Thank you Bette for showcasing it in such a beautiful manner; love your words and pictures…they indeed “enliven the senses.” 🙂

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  4. So beautiful, Bette. Hugs on the wing!

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    • Thanks so much for stopping to take in the beauty of Maine’s Borestone Moundtain shared by Sophie and Janet .. Such a delight to have them with us today! ❤ Blessings and hugs soaring to you and yours, dear Teagan.

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  5. D.L. Finn, Author said:

    Yay Sophie and Jan:) This made me so happy to read, Bette!

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  6. Way to go. Getting the little ones on board is essential.

    Have a fabulous day, Bette. Big hug. ♥

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  7. A lovely share! Thank you 🙂💕

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  8. Very lovely! ❤

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  9. Wonderful to give blossoming writers an opportunity for publication, Bette!

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  10. Sophie (and mom) wrote a wonderful poem! Thanks for sharing.:-)

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    • Hi, Priscilla. Thanks for stopping by to enjoy “Beautiful Borestone.” The poem gives readers a perfect snapshot of Borestone Mountain and shows us what hiking Maine trails is all about. Wonderful, indeed! 🙂 So glad you dropped in for a visit.

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  11. This is just so wonderful it made my heart sing. To have inspired a young person to write poetry has got to be the icing on the cake!! Well done, you. xo

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  12. I loved this, Bette! You’re making a difference! ❤

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    • Hugs! It’s so rewarding to watch as readers of all ages step out and up onto the “writing stage”–in fact, it’s magical. Sophie and Janet made that happen. ❤ Wishing you a blessed and beautiful week, dear Jill.

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  13. Lovely haikus, Bette. You have become the voice of Maine for me.

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  14. Entreats one to visit!

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  15. What a lovely haiku from Sophis and her mom. You’re inspiring, Bette, with your gift of poetry to a little girl. That’s so awesome.

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    • Reading, writing and sharing…wonderful gifts that Sophie and Janet have given to me! 🙂 Janet’s wonderful photographs are so telling–the beauty of our natural world and the joy of the children taking it all in… So glad you stopped by to take a peek into the wonder of of it all! Hugs!

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  16. This is so precious, Bette! Such a joy to read this morning. Many thanks for sharing the love. Wishing you a wonderful day. xo

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  17. I look forward to your posts, Bette, and your lovely shares about Maine. You are making a difference in such a wonderful way. ❤️

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  18. Congratulations Sophie and Janet. You are a great team.

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  19. Bette, what a gift you’ve helped to give young Sophie! 😀Her love of poetry will only grow with such encouragement from a skilled writer as yourself. I love her and Janet’s haiku and the photo is sublime.

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  20. How absolutely wonderful, Bette. It makes my heart sing too.

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  21. You look wonderful, Bette. As young as the one day we met 🙂

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    • Time flies and hasn’t left me in the past as it jettisons on its journey… I think of that glorious autumn day often, Marilyn. You and Garry helped make it awesome! ❤ Sending hugs and lots of love to both of you… xx

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  22. Many tx for sharing the fun with us 🙂

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  23. That’s awesome, Bette. Writing and reading poetry is good for the soul.

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  24. How wonderful to have influenced a budding young writer, Bette!!

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  25. Enjoyed the post and some beautiful photos!

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  26. Lovely, the imagery is vivid. Beautifully penned.

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  27. Sophie’s poetry prowess is in good hands it seems. Happy New Year.

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    • So exciting when young people discover the power poetry has to make the wonders of our world come to life in the written word… Creativity–is a beautiful thing! Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit, James.

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  28. It’s hard to get much better than having people get so inspired by your poems that they write some of their own! Rub that all over you and remember it. Well done, my friend. ❤

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    • Thanks so much for your sweet note, Cathleen. I’m smiling wide from ear to ear and wishing you blessings throughout the grand new year… 2020–looks and sounds like a winner! ❤ xo

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