A writer inspired by nature and human nature


Happy Birthday Maine!

Did you know?

Maine (nicknamed The Pine Tree State) was initially a province of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In fact, it was decades after the American Revolution before Maine gained official statehood. The Eastern white pine tree helped fuel the region’s economy in an era when shipbuilding and lumbering reigned supreme. The value of those pines actually provided a spark for the American Revolution. Massachusetts didn’t want to lose any of those pine profits it gained after the war, while Mainers struggled for political and economic independence. Maine officially celebrates its Bicentennial on March 15, 2020.

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

The Power of Poetry

How Readers & Writers of All Ages Benefit from Poetry

  • Improves Verbal Skills & Memory
  • Enhances Cognitive Function
  • Develops Empathy & Insight
  • Encourages Creativity

Why Haiku…

Inspired by the beauty and bounty of my home state, I write poetry in many forms; but I chose haiku for My Maine to offer readers a collection of story poems and photo snapshots of the unique land I know and love.

I invite you to join me as I celebrate #Maine2020 by submitting one of your favorite photos taken in “The Pine Tree State” and writing a haiku too! I’ll be publishing submissions here on my blog throughout 2020. Simply email me at bettestevens@tds.net SUBJECT: “Maine Bicentennial Haiku.”

How to Write Haiku…

 

 

A Peek Inside the Collection

~Excerpts from Winter Tales~

Frozen polar winds
Wave the ice crystal scepter
Dawn’s magic appears

Silvery branches
Unveil the old, old folktale
A spellbound story

Pine cones and tassels
Mirrored in moonlight upon
White weighted branches

Chickadees dozing
Nestling, captive to pine boughs
Till dawn sets them free

Shovels and snow plows
Storm’s rook ravings unraveled
Till the next arrives

Soups, stews and chowders
Stories told round the table
Favored winter fare

Silently—Snowfalls
Reign over field and forest
Supremely sovereign

Winter white gemstones
Glistening across meadows
Perfect snowshoe day

About the Author

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. As of July 2019,  Stevens has self-published five books and has a second poetry collection on the drawing board. Find out more about the author and her books at https://www.amazon.com/author/betteastevens

 

Contact the author at DBS Publishing to order author-signed copies of her books or to schedule a Poetry Event tailored to meet the needs and interests of your school, community group, company or organization, or simply to find out more.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I look forward to hearing from you. (Comment Section Below)

“Happy Reading & Writing Poetry!” 

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Comments on: "Celebrate #Maine2020 through Poetry" (72)

  1. Such a lovely book, Bette. Beautiful extracts.

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  2. Beautiful 🤩

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  4. Bette, would you believe that I knew about the history of Maine and it being late to
    get its own ” Statehood”. Odd the things you are told by friends who love history.

    Your poetry is so uplifting and flows like streams.

    Miriam

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    • Thanks so much for your visit and thoughtful and lovely note, Miriam! 🙂 I’m one of those history lovers too–it is amazing the unique facts that pop to the surface every now and then… ❤ Blessing and love to you and yours, my friend.

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  5. What talent, Bette! Haiku is one of the few poetic forms I’ve attempted, but yours SOAR. This one would definitely fit my recent blog post on SOUP:
    Soups, stews and chowders
    Stories told round the table
    Favored winter fare

    Thank you!

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    • Thanks so much for your sweet note, Marian–you brightened a cloudy winter day! 🙂 Yesterday was seafood chowder, next week chicken soup since we’re roasting chicken for Sunday dinner. Oh, the perks of each season never cease to amaze… Blessings to you and yours, my friend!

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  6. Love this Bette:

    Chickadees dozing
    Nestling, captive to pine boughs
    Till dawn sets them free

    I always loved watching the chickadees. They don’t seem to be common around my new home, however, so your poem brought them closer:)

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  7. D.L. Finn, Author said:

    Happy birthday, Maine:)

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  8. These haiku could be read a million times and still seem fresh. Thank you Bette for writing this beautiful book about Maine. Stay blessed.

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  9. I got a history lesson today about your beautiful state. (And lovely poetry as usual!)

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  10. If I ever make it to Maine -which I doubt will happen in the near future- I will indulge in Lobster ice cream, because no matter if good or bad, I have to try it. I saw it on one of my favorite cooking shows and I did not forget -what is stunning, because I tend to forget almost everything these days.

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  11. Nice post, Bette. Love the poem. 🙂

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  12. I loved this book, Bette! I have always wanted to visit Maine, and your photos and Haiku poetry increased that desire in me!

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  13. Happy birthday Maine! This is beautiful, Bette.

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  14. […] #Maine Through Poetry https://4writersandreaders.com/2020/01/25/celebrate-maine2020-through-poetry/ Bette is always an inspiration – and this is one of my favourite poetry […]

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  15. And the book looks beautiful sitting on our coffee table so I can pick it up any time and reread a page or two. 🙂

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  16. Thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts and a part of your wonderful world!!.. 🙂

    Hope all your tomorrows are filled with peace, love and happiness and life is all that you wish for it to be!.. 🙂

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  17. Such a lovely book of haiku, Bette. I smile just thinking about how the book evoked old memories of my visits to Maine. Thanks for the tidbits of history and Happy Birthday to Maine. 🙂

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    • Thanks so much, Diana. 🙂 Delighted to hear that My Maine brought back old memories of your visits to “The Pine Tree State.” Looking forward to discovering more of Maine magic in 2020! 🙂 xo

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  18. Beautiful book, Bette. Happy Birthday Maine indeed. I always loved my times there. The Colony has a special place in my heart.

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  19. I love it that you compared a lovely winter’s morning to a folktale! Beautiful work as always, Bette. ❤ Sharing…

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  20. Such beautiful poetry, Bette. I send birthday wishes to the Pine Tree State. It is indeed, a land of enchantment and wonder. Most of all, it resonates with tranquility and peace.

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    • Thanks so much for your lovely note, Mae. Maine is a gift to treasure and you’ve said it so well! 🙂 Look forward to sharing your awesome photo, haiku and guest contribution soon! ❤ xo

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  21. I’m afraid I’d be allergic to your state. Pine is a major allergy hive reaction for me. Ohio’s hard but we’ve cut down the pine around us. Thankfully, I can breathe again!

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    • Plenty of non-pine conifers and hardwoods too… Don’t be deterred by the pines! Maine is currently the most heavily forested of our 48 contiguous states.Good to know you’ve identified your allergy. 🙂 Hubby is allergic to Shag Bark Hickory (an ingredient in many dies)–so we know that unknown allergies can be a nightmare. Have a great week and thanks so much for popping in for a visit, dear Traci! xo

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      • You’re welcome, Bette! I’d truly love to visit Maine someday! I’d love to see the home belonging to Stephen King, for instance. It’s too much to wish for a writer’s retreat there.

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  22. Bette, I had no idea how late Maine was in gaining its statehood until I read your book – fascinating and a beautiful collection! I recognise several of the haikus here which I noted down in my quotes file! I love your inspiring challenge to write our own haiku and what a lovely thought to share here on your blog! Happy Writing! xx❤️

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  23. I’m glad you spotlighted this, Bette. This is a wonderful book. RT.

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  24. I tried to send you an e-mail and they say tds.com doesn’t exist. Is there another?

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  26. Oh, I love poetry, and I love Maine! I will order this in my kindle just as soon as I finish this comment. I wish I had a picture of Maine from my visit way back in the summer of 1989 (lost somewhere in my parents’ home). My family drive a straight 22 hours from Tennessee to Freeport. (Obviously a lunch and dinner stop, numerous bathroom breaks and one major misdirection along the way!) My dad just had to get to the 24 hr Outlet! 😳😂 My tired teenage self was not so impressed…I went to sleep in a hammock.🤣 But I absolutely fell in love with Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor! 💗 One day, I am determined to get back there. It’s on my (adult) bucket list. 😊

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  27. A wonderful peek into your collection, Bette! And love learning things like that about Maine! 😄❤

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  28. You know I love your book, especially since I got an early look. I do have pictures of Maine – probably too many! When I get through all my editing, I’ll send you something!

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    • Hi, Noelle. ❤ Delighted you've stopped by and plan to join our Maine Bicentennial celebration. So looking forward to your photo and poetry contribution! Ever thanks for your support and encouragement. Blessings and hugs!

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  29. Well done – must put Maine on my list of places to visit 🙂

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  30. Happy birthday to Maine! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!
    Tina

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  31. This is such a beautifully inspiring piece, Bette. Your words are so incredibly soothing. Thank you for sharing. 🙂 I hope you and yours are doing well. Keep shining! Sending blessings and (((hugs))) across the miles. xo

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