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Celebrating #Maine through Poetry

Maine officially celebrates its 201st Birthday on March 15, 2021! Find out more about “The Pine Tree State” and help us celebrate through another year with a haiku of your own. #WritingChallenge

Did you know?

Maine (nicknamed The Pine Tree State) remained a province of the Massachusetts Bay Colony when America declared its independence from Britain on July 4, 1776. At that time Maine was not one of America’s original thirteen colonies because it had never been granted a royal charter from Great Britain. It would be decades after the American Revolution and the signing of The Declaration of Independence (summarizing the colonists’ motivation for seeking independence) 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 during 2020 & 2021 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 “Spring Awakenings”~

March shakes the remnants
Of sleep from wintery boughs
White confetti swirls

Granite boulders rise
Above the winter mantle
Midway the meltdown

Dark mask shrouds the land
Soaking downpour foreshadows
Season’s renewal

Rivers spill over
While ice jams—slowly melting
Weep upon their beds

Pot holes irk drivers
As roadways turn to washboards
Kids giggle in back

Hills and vales exult
Rivers and streams sing arias
Mud season arrives

Verdant shimmering
Emerald fields bursting forth
Souls rise from slumber

Sunbeams composing
Springtime melodies, humming
Tapping to the tunes

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: "Happy Birthday, #Maine! + #WritingChallenge" (62)

  1. Bette, this is just wonderful! Your poetry is outstanding, and your celebration of Maine’s birthday is really important. Happy birthday, Maine.

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  2. Wonderful haikus and such a great challenge to celebrate Maine. Toni x

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  3. What a great way to celebrate Maine. Love the Haiku, Bette.

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  4. Happy Birthday to your gorgeous state. Such lovely poems.

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  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAINE! Lovely writing, Bette.

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  6. A Happy Birthday to Maine! Your poetry is a fitting tribute ❤

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  7. Bette, it doesn’t feel long since Maine celebrated its 200th birthday and I remember your post so well! What a year it’s been … we need the beauty of nature more than ever! You celebrate your wonderful state wonderfully through your poetry. A book I treasure! hugs xx❤️🌺

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    • I’m with you, Annika! It’s been quite a year… Nature is a great healer of body, mind and spirit! We can all use more of that. ❤ Thanks so much for stopping by to help us celebrate. xo

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  8. I’ve never visited Maine but would like to! Happy Birthday to the Pine Tree State.

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  9. What with Covid, cleaning out our house of 35 years, putting it on the market, selling and moving, I kinda got behind last year. Will try something with one of my photos this year, for sure. Plymouth Colony never got independence, too small I guess, but was just subsumed into Massachusetts in the 1690s.

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  10. Beautiful Haikus and Poem, Bette. Happy Birthday to Maine. Very interesting post.

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  11. What a wonderful writing challenge, Bette! Unfortunately, I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting your beautiful state, but I look forward to photo and haiku submissions! Happy Birthday, Maine!

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  12. Beautiful and Maine is a state I’ve always wanted to visit.

    ♪♫Happy Birthday to you,♪♫
    ♪♫Happy Birthday to you,♪♫
    ♪♫Happy Birthday Dear Maine,♪♫
    ♪♫Happy Birthday to you.♪♫

    Have a fabulous day and week, Bette. ♥

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    • Wow! Music to our ears… Thanks so much for adding to the celebration, Sandee. Maine has an otherworldliness to it–a place where time stands still and hugs you while you’re here! Blessings and love, dear Sandee. ❤ xo

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  13. Great post, Bette. This was fun last year. Unfortunately, I have exhausted my Maine photos. Happy Birthday, Maine. One of my favorite states.

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  14. Happy 201st birthday, Maine! Beautiful haiku, Bette! ❤️

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  15. I love this breath of fresh air here, almost spring. And you know that haiku is my favorite format for poetry, actually my preferred verse. Thanks for brightening my day once again, Bette!

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  16. Happy 201st birthday, Maine! I enjoyed the excerpts from Spring Awakenings.:-)

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  17. Lovely poem, Bette. And a Happy Birthday to Maine!

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  18. Beautiful post, Bette. Just in time for spring!

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    • Thanks, dear Jill! ❤ Spring will soon be singing its song… Snow is melting and crocus petals are ready for the great reveal. Thanks for joining the celebration! Happy Spring! xo

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  19. Happy birthday, Maine. Thanks for sharing this titbit of interesing history, Bette.

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  20. petespringerauthor said:

    I’m not a poetry guy at all, but I sure enjoyed My Maine. Your photos and facts about Maine were also great.

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    • Hi, Pete! 🙂 Thanks so much for your thoughtful note and for the lovely review you left for My Maine. Delighted to hear you enjoyed the journey… You’ve made my day! May yours be filled with wonders. xo

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  21. 201 years old – how wonderful, Bette. A lovely post and its great to see a post from you.

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  22. Beautiful haiku Bette. Loved them all ❤️.
    Is this writing challenge open to all?

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  23. This is a lovely post, Bette. How wonderful you’ve written many new Haiku poems. “Souls rise from slumber” is so welcome. My plum blossoms just started, just waiting for the bees to do the work to bring good harvest. Take care! ❤

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  24. Thanks a lot madam for the great information.🙏🙏

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  25. Happy celebrations, Bette! 🙂

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  26. It’s so great to see another post from you, Bette, and a wonderful reminder that spring is on it’s way. A wonderful book and beautiful haikus.

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