A writer inspired by nature and human nature


Celebrating My Maine

Maine—The Way Life Should Be…

Find out more at  https://www.theodysseyonline.com/10-reasons-why-maine-the-way-life-should

Did you know?

Maine is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and south, the state of New Hampshire to the west, the Canadian provinces of Quebec to the northwest and New Brunswick to the northeast. Maine’s long rocky Atlantic Coast is known for its frigid waters and an ample fishery—most famed for the Maine lobster. Maine has 3,478 miles of coastline.

Nicknamed The Pine Tree State), Maine 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 economic 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 celebrated its Bicentennial on March 15, 2020. Due to the 2020 Pandemic, The Pine Tree State will continue to celebrate its bicentennial through 2021! 

“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

“Happy reading and writing… May the bounty and beauty of each new season inspire you!” 

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Comments on: "Celebrate the Seasons through Poetry" (57)

  1. Lovely haiku!😍 Someday I will visit Maine to participate. Sounds beautiful.

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  2. Well written. Nature is a great inspiration to write the best.

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  3. Your haiku are wonderful, Bette. Maybe someday I’ll get to Maine. My imagination suffices until then, and of course, your posts and photos. 🙂 Wishing you a beautiful holiday season. 💗

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  4. This looks wonderful, Bette – My Maine is the perfect tribute to your beautiful state. Toni x

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  5. I’ve never been to Maine–I’ve spent my life on the west coast–but your poems make me wish that I had. Still, I love California the way you seem to love your home state, so we have that in common. I always thought redwood trees were the most marvelous gift we could have ever been given. : )

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    • Dan and I were in California 1994-2001. He was working for DOD and I was teaching. Both had time off and used it exploring The Golden State and the Wild West. The Redwoods are amazing and Yosemite one of the most glorious of places. So glad we were blessed with time off to bask in the beauty of the highways, byways, mountains, coast of CA. Wishing you a blessed and beautiful Christmas and New Year, Cathleen!

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  6. You always inspire me to write my poetry, and particular a haiku, every day. I’m not quite there yet, but you keep pushing me to do it. THANK you!! Great post.

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  7. This looks like a wonderful book!

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  8. I enjoyed your beautiful book, Bette. Your winter poems brought warmth to the cold season! ❤

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  9. Such a wonderful book, Bette. xo

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  10. This book is simply beautiful, Bette, and the benefits of poetry you’ve listed here are very true.

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  11. Beautiful one Bette

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  12. Thanks so much for your visit and sweet note, dear Natalie. ❤ Blessings and hugs right back to you… xo

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  13. Thanks so much for the visit and lovely note, Tina! ❤

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  14. Thanks so very much, Stephen. ❤

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  15. Thanks so much, da-Al. 🙂 Delighted to hear we’re on your list!

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  16. 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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  17. Thanks so much for your visit and lovely note, dear Sarah! ❤ Have a blessed and beautiful weekend, my friend.

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  18. Hi, Mia. Thanks so much for sharing your Maine adventures so far… I love poetry and Maine too. So glad you got to Acadia National Park as a teen and have added another visit to our wonder-filled state on your bucket list. I hope you enjoy reading My Maine as much as I enjoyed writing it. ❤ So glad we've connected!

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  19. Thanks so much for your lovely note, dear Annika! ❤ Sending lots of love your way… xo

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  20. Thanks so much for your support, Jacqui! 🙂 xo

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  21. 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. 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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  23. Thanks so much for your sweet note, dear Sharon… You’ve brightened a cloudy day! ❤

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  24. Thanks so much for your visit and thoughtful note, Larry! ❤ Blessing, my friend.

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  25. Thanks so much, John. 🙂 The Colony–a great place to make memories! We lived in Southern Maine for two decades and Kennebunkport was the perfect place to take our visitors for a grand Maine outing. Sweet memories….

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  26. 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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  27. Thanks, dear Jill! ❤ Have a lovely weekend! xo

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  28. Thanks so much, Robbie. ❤ Hugs & Happy Weekend! xx

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  29. Thanks so much for your lovely note, Jan. ❤ May your Maine wish come true! xo

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  30. Thanks so much! ❤

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  31. Thanks so much, Kevin! ❤

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  32. Lobster ice cream–I love it! 🙂 Definitely going to give it a go next time I visit Bar Harbor…. Your note and the ad https://www.tripsavvy.com/lobster-ice-cream-1598828 and this article I found have me yearning for a taste or two! ❤ Have a great day and thanks so much for the heads-up! xo

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  33. Thanks seems a mere token, my friend. Your words are a treasured gift, dear Balroop, as I know they come from the heart of an accomplished poet and author–you! ❤ Blessings and love…

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  34. Thanks so much for your kind and thoughtful words, Priscilla! ❤

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  35. ❤ Have a lovely weekend, Denise!

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  36. 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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