A writer inspired by nature and human nature


In honor of the State of Maine’s Bicentennial (official birthday March 15, 2020), I’ll be posting articles about Maine history, events, people, and places that include poetry and photographs.

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NOTE CARD COVER: Artwork Created By 7-year-old Bentley Lang (2017)

Last week I received a phone call that made my day! A local resident had checked out my latest book—My Maine, Haiku through the Seasons, from our local library and called to tell me how much she enjoyed reading it. Now that’s a great way for an author to begin her day…but, the wonder didn’t end on that lovely note. In fact, it blossomed into an extended conversation with the caller, Irene White, a fellow nature lover and gardener. Irene lives on Great Moose Pond, just a few miles from our farmstead in Hartland, Maine.

“I loved your book so much that I wrote a poem, not a haiku, but a poem nevertheless. My Christmas poem was inspired by a sweet card created by a seven-year-old boy named Bentley Lane in 2017.  I enjoyed Bentley’s artwork so much that I purchased several cards from his mother’s craft table at the local Christmas fair in town.” ~Irene White

Silently we all say “thanks”

Poem by Irene White (2019)

It’s a frosty morning
and Christmas is in the air.
So put on your tall boots
and your warm wooly coat.
Hat and mittens too,
and grab the trusty saw.
Warm up the truck 
and head for the woods.
Up there be a stand,
it’s thick and green.
The tracks abound,
this way and that.
The rabbit hopped this way,
and the deer circled round.
But look over there,
the perfect tree.
Push forward, pull back,
again and again.
Until the final cut,
and she’s yours!
Now load it up
and head for home.
Shake off the snow
and bring her in.
All the kids shout, “Yeh”
and the dog gives a leap!
We get ready to string the lights,
and silently we all say, “Thanks.”

Discover how reading and writing poetry benefits everyone from kids to corporate executives at this link on Bette’s blog. Whether you’re a resident Mainer or from away, I invite you to come celebrate Maine. I would love to hear from you if you have a favorite tidbit (i.e. poem/photograph/very short story) to share with us about your love for the The Pine Tree State.

About Bette A. Stevens

Inspired by nature and human nature, author Bette A. Stevens is a retired elementary and middle school teacher, a wife, mother of two and grandmother of eight. Stevens lives in central Maine with her husband on their 37-acre farmstead where she enjoys reading, writing, gardening, walking and reveling in the beauty of nature. She advocates for children and families, for childhood literacy and for the conservation of monarch butterflies (milkweed is the only plant that monarch caterpillars will eat). Stevens has written articles for ECHOES, The Northern Maine Journal of Rural Culture. Stevens’s books include The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too!; Amazing Matilda, Children’s Picture Book (Ages 4-11) 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Award and Gittle List; Pure Trash (MG/YA/Adult) Short Story; Dog Bone Soup (MG/YA/Adult) Coming of age Novel (2017 KCT International Literary Award Top Finalist 2017); and My Maine, Haiku through the Seasons (Poetry and Photography Collection) 2019.

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Comments on: "Celebrating The Pine Tree State—Christmas Poem & Artwork by Local Mainers" (65)

  1. Loved the poem, Bette!

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  2. Beautiful, Bette. Giving thanks is so very important.

    Have a fabulous day, Bette. Big hug. ♥

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    • Thank you, Sandee. ❤ Feeling blessed by a fabulous day of fresh fallen snow. Thankful for friends like you and for having the opportunity to meet new friends too! Blessings and love, my friend. ❤ Hugs!

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  3. How sweet that a boy inspired a grown woman to write her poem about a Christmas tree. Kids have so much to offer, and I think sometimes people overlook that.

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  4. A Thomas Kincaid painting in words, Bette! Merry Christmas!

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    • Thanks so much for sharing, Jan. I know that Irene will be delighted that you dropped by to join the conversation and live such a lovely note…I’m right there with you on Irene’s wonderful poem. … May your Christmas be very merry!

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  5. Thank you for sharing!!.. “Life gives us brief moments with another, but sometimes in those brief moments we get memories that last a lifetime, So live that your memories will be part of your happiness.” (Author Unknown)…
    You and yours have a wonderful holiday filled with joy, love and happiness!!.. 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May your wishes come true
    Your spirit know only peace
    Your heart know only love and
    Your life’s journey know only happiness
    (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

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  6. D.L. Finn, Author said:

    What a sweet poem for Christmas, Bette. I love she reached out to you to share this. What a gift.

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  7. Wow! What a way to pay a compliment! Love the sentiments and the poem. Stay blessed dear Bette. Merry Christmas.

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    • Thanks so much for your lovely note, Balroop. Irene’s poem and Bentley’s artwork are priceless portraits of Maine… Blessings and love at Christmas and every day, dear Balroop! ❤ xo

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  8. Love this, Bette! Merry Christmas!🤣

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  9. Wonderful story and poem. It really gives the warm glow of Christmas celebration.
    By the way, Bette, Maine really does lead with big margin as the most forested State.
    89% of forest. !!!
    No worries about finding a Christmas tree. 😊🎄

    Miriam

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  10. How wonderful, Bette! I love Bentley’s artwork and Irene’s poem is the perfect partner for it. And all inspired by your book. I love how the world works. Have a fabulous Christmas, Bette.

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  11. So lovely, Bette! Confirmation that 2020 has wonderful things in store for you 🙂

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  12. Lovely, Bette! How fantastic to connect with Irene, and how generous of you to share her poem.
    Wishing you a blessed and Merry Christmas!

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by, Mae. Wishing you a blessed and Merry Christmas too! ❤ Any chance you would like to contribute to my Maine's Celebration to continue through 2020? It would be great for readers to hear from a Maine vacationer… xo

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  13. Great post, Bette! The card by Bentley was adorable and the poem by Irene was well-written.. One of these days I have to get to Maine. It’s not too far from home and nature is beautiful. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

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    • Thanks so much for your lovely note, Mark. I hope you and your family have a chance to come experience Maine… For me, Maine is poetry. ❤ Wishing you and yours a blessed and beautiful Christmas & New Year!

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  14. What a lovely story and poem and the card is just precious! Merry Christmas, Bette! ❤️

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  15. I don’t think life gets better than that, Bette–nature, friendship, and pine trees. You are a lucky woman!

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  16. What a lovely share, Bette. A delightful poem.

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    • Thanks, dear Robbie. Irene’s poem is quintessential Maine… I adore it! And dear Bentley’s art show how much The Pine Tree State inspires us all–young and old. ❤ Merry Christmas! xo

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  17. Congrats, Bette. You know you’ve created some worthy art when it sparks someone else to create still more art. How many riffs off of “Starry Night” are there in the world? Well done, my friend. Sharing… : )

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    • Thanks so much for the lovely note and share, dear Cathleen. These lovely creations by Irene and Bentley represent Maine and Maine people so well. Art at its best! ❤ Wishing you and yours God's richest blessings at Christmas and always! xo

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  18. I can just smell that pine sap from the Christmas tree. Here’s wishing you the merriest of Christmases, and a healthy, happy New Year!

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  19. This is just wonderful, Bette! What an amazing piece of art from a child! I look forward to your future Maine posts. Thank you.

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  20. You have no idea how much I miss what used to be our annual trip to Maine. But we couldn’t do such a long drive anymore. I drive only in emergencies and Garry just doesn’t enjoy driving these days. Maine is so beautiful … and unlike a lot of parts of Vermont, it’s not “fancy.” You don’t have to have tons of money to live in a nice place.

    Massachusetts is 60% woodland too. As the farms have been deserted, trees have grown up over them. We’d have more trees, but we are a very small state. You can drive one end to the other including top to bottom in a few hours. Maine is HUGE and all uphill. And I miss it.

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    • I know what you mean, Marilyn…there’s no place like Maine! Dan and I have been to 46 states, drove from Atlantic to Pacific six times, up an down both seaboards and lived ‘away’ in NY, CA & VA for a few years. Every state has its unique beauty, but to me there’s no place like that green, green state I call home! Our traveling days are done, but the memories live on. ❤ Wishing you and Garry a blessed and beautiful Christmas and New Year! xoxo

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  21. It’s wonderful to inspire others, Bette. Great poem!

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  22. I think the wonders of Acadia National Park that we visited on our last cruise would make a wonderful setting for poetry.

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    • I agree! Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit, James. It would be wonderful if you have a photo you’d like to share and perhaps write a haiku to go with it…. 2020 is Maine’s Bicentennial Year and I’ll be featuring photos and poems from Mainers and folks from away who love Maine. If you’re interested in being a blog guest as I celebrate the big event all year long, email me at bettestevens@tds.net SUBJECT: CELEBRATING MAINE Acadia is a treasure. Wishing you a blessed and beautiful 2020!

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  23. Bette, what a wonderful phone call and how lovely for her to share her poem! I love it and the artwork is lovely! Your Maine sounds magical! Wishing you a joyful and creative New Year! Xx

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  24. Bette:

    I have close to 100 photos from our r de t cruise visit to Acadia National
    Ark and nearby Bar Harbor Maine. I will get back to you by email after New Years. I would love to do something for your Maine celebration. USFMAN

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  25. I’ve started writing some Acadia Haikus, Betty, and will send a few next week. Thanks for the invitation. Jim

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  26. What a wonderful phone call. And besides knowing that your book touched another, isn’t it magnificent to know that you, and your book, inspired another too. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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  27. Hi Betty:

    I also plan on sharing my initial Maine Haiku as a Word Press blog with attached photos. Would you rather I send you this link or just send the poems freestyle?

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    • Hi, Jim. A link to your post will be fine. That way, I can either reblog it or copy what I need if that is OK with you. It would be great to have a short bio from you as well. Looking forward to your feature! I’m so glad that we’ve connected. Happy writing, blogging and traveling, my friend. 🙂 My email is bettestevens@tds.net (for whichever option you choose). Thanks!

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  28. How great to be the state with the most trees. I have a fondness for trees that runs deep. And what a sweet thing to get a call from a local fan and a poem. You are well-loved, Bette. Happy New Year. ❤

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  29. Thanks, Bette.
    I was in Bath & Arrowsic, Maine in 2006. We toured the lighthouses and museums. We flew in and out of Portland. The night before we left, we ate dinner at an Irish pub and watched the boats bob up and down in the water. It was the first time my husband had seen the Atlantic Ocean.

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    • Happy to hear you had a chance to visit my favorite Little City by the Bay on the East Coast if only for a brief stay, Cindy. Dan and I have traveled the shorelines of both coasts. San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Carmel are among our many favorites along the Great Pacific. Wishing you and yours a blessed and beautiful 2020! xo

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