A writer inspired by nature and human nature


The Maine Bicentennial Continues…

Maine officially marked its 200th birthday a year ago—March 15, 2020. A Covid Pandemic may have slowed us down a bit, but in Maine we’ve always got plenty to celebrate.  (Photo of Frenchman Bay taken by author Bette A. Stevens from Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park in Maine.) Happy 201st Birthday, Maine!

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. It would be decades after the American Revolution and the signing of The Declaration of Independence before Maine gained official statehood in 1820.

Acadia National Park

Home to some of the most stunning landscapes and diverse wildlife on the Eastern Seaboard, Acadia National Park is open to explore year-round. Whether you’re interested in visiting Acadia National Park for fall foliage, winter skiing, spring fishing or summer hikes, it’s the perfect outdoor playground. Visit https://visitmaine.com/things-to-do/parks-natural-attractions/acadia-national-park to learn more about Maine’s only national park. Maine is a perfect place to spend a vacation—one you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

Check Maine.gov before visiting for the latest health and safety guidelines in place.

Maine is the easternmost state in the contiguous United States, and the northernmost east of the Great Lakes. It is known for its jagged, rocky coastline; low, rolling mountains; heavily forested interior; and picturesque waterways, as well as its seafood cuisine and its four distinct seasons. 

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, Haiku through the Seasons. The collection offers readers story poems (150) and photo snapshots (49 original) + fun facts and symbols of the unique land I know and love. Writing haiku is a great way to celebrate the people, places and things that enrich our lives and inspire us every day. I invite you to give it a try!

How to Write Haiku…

 

A Peek Inside the Collection

~Excerpts from MY MAINE, Haiku through the Seasons “Spring Awakenings”~

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

Verdant shimmering
Emerald fields bursting forth
Souls rise from slumber

Windowsill seedlings
Watching and waiting, waiting…
Longing for fresh air

From the Master’s hand
Lily of the Valley shouts
Rejuvenation

Dandelion greens,
Fiddleheads along brook sides
Nature’s elixirs

 

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

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 MY MAINE and all of Bette’s 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)

 

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Comments on: "Celebrating Maine! + #WritingChallenge" (56)

  1. My late husband had always wanted to go to Maine. I used to summer there as a kid. Unfortunately, he never made it. A bittersweet sort of thing was the donor for his liver was from Maine. Had he survived a piece of him would have been from Maine.

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  2. Beautiful, Bette. I knew you’d written about how to write haiku. 🙂

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  3. […] find out more about Bette’s Celebrating Maine CLICK #WritingChallenge. You’ll discover HOW to write haiku and WHY writing poetry is good for you! Now, on to enjoy […]

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  4. I was born in Maine. I loved you Haiku and I appreciated your instructions and will use them as an exercise. Fiddlehead season soon. 🙂 Up here in Michigan I look for Ramps. Pickled they are amazing. Just…you can’t decide if they are horrible or tasty but you wake at 2 am craving them.

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  5. […] of Maine not to mention some inland too. My author friend N.A. (Noelle) Granger has taken up my #MaineHaikuChallenge to help us celebrate the beauty and bounty of The Pine Tree State. Here is her lovely Maine haiku […]

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  6. Dear Mabel,

    Thanks so much for your lovely note…
    I’m smiling and humming a happy tune just thinking about those sunbeams as they travel around the globe–crossing oceans, islands and continents each day!

    May your days be filled with wonders!
    Bette

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  7. Hi, Cynthia. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your thoughtful note! ❤

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  8. Thank you, Tina. ❤ Wishing you and yours a blessed Easter season and a lovely spring.

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  9. This past week, daffodils were trying to peek out of the Earth, but we had rain/sleet/snow and cold temps. My guy raced out and covered the little yellow princesses with a sheet to keep them warm. We need all the yellow glow we can get! Your Spring Awakenings poem is lovely.

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    • Thanks so much, dear Pam. No yellow blooms here yet, but the daffodil green and peeking out from the little bit of snow left from the storm. You’ve been on my mind each day… Sending lots of love to you, your dear mom and all the family. I can only imagine how difficult it has got to be not being able to hold mom’s hand and hug her in person due to this pandemic. You and so many in the same position remain in my thoughts and prayers… ❤

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  10. Thanks so much, Mark! 🌲 🦞 🙂 xo

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  11. I have only seen beautiful photos and heard about Maine. Interesting information, Bette. Reading through the comments, it sounds like year long festivities are planned. Fun!

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  12. But the settlers of the Massachusetts and Plymouth colonies called the territory Maine almost from the first. It was first cited as the ‘Mayne’ territory by King Charles. A place where they could find lots of fish!

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    • Indeed! 🙂 It was 1692 before Massachusetts Bay Colony was able to annex all of what is present-day Maine although they had annexed today’s southwestern area as a province in 1642, Maine has a fascinating history. Thanks so much for adding more details for us, Noelle. 🙂 Have a great day!

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  13. I love learning new things! Thank you, Bette.

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  14. Happy Birthday, Maine!! Thanks for sharing this awesome info, Bette!

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  15. Thanks so much for your sweet note, Karen. I’m delighted to hear you’ll be visiting us end of September–a spectacular time to experience Maine! ❤ xo

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  16. Same here… Cheer for an early spring! We’re ready and waiting. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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  17. I really enjoyed your March poem. Such an apt description of the change of seasons portrayed in visual images and sounds.

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  18. Happy Birthday and thank you for sharing your thoughts and a part of your wonderful world!!… 🙂

    Until we meet again..

    May flowers always line your path
    and sunshine light your way,
    May songbirds serenade your
    every step along the way,
    May a rainbow run beside you
    in a sky that’s always blue,
    And may happiness fill your heart
    each day your whole life through.
    May the sun shine all day long
    Everything go right, nothing go wrong
    May those you love bring love back to you
    And may all the wishes you wish come true
    (Irish Saying)

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  19. Beautiful post, Bette, and thank you for sharing history about Maine.

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  20. Beautiful, Bette! Maybe you need to write a sequel to My Maine. 🙂

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  21. We’ll be celebrating all year long, Annika. It’s also a Bicentennial Year for our town (Hartland). From parades, fireworks, festivals– celebrating art, music,literature, movies, to Maine history and so much more… Here’s a link to a few https://www.maine200.org/calendar Maine 2020 is sure to be remembered! ❤ Thanks so much for your support. xoxoxo

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  22. I love the haiku form, one of the few verse forms I can manage. Sorry, I can’t provide a photo of a scene from Maine, but last year I wrote a haiku about pines in my Florida neighborhood:

    The glowing spring sun

    Melts over the tops of pine

    Spreading like butter

    Thanks for providing creative works in this space, Bette. Always an inspiration!

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    • Oh, Marian–your haiku is perfect! I’ll now think of the sun melting like butter over the pines every time I witness the magic. Wonderful imagery! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing. I’ll try to take a photo to do your poetry justice and post it soon. Email me at bettestevens@tds.net if you don’t mind. xo

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  23. I loved the background information on Maine, Bette. A perfect complement to your wonderful poerty!

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  24. D.L. Finn, Author said:

    I’ve never been to Maine, but have always wanted to. I think Stephen King enticed me and now your beautiful poetry makes me want to see it even more!

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  25. Beautiful poetry, Bette. Happy Spring.

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  26. A beautiful post as always, Bette. I would love to visit Maine.

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  27. Its good to share facts about the beautiful home state you admire Bette. I hope spring is peeping in to be welcomed. Thanks for sharing those lovely verses that bring the changing season to life. Stay blessed.

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    • Thank so much, Balroop. Snow is melting and green specks are peeking through the winter mantel… Spring is in the air, although we’ll likely get another snow or two before the great awakening! Blessings and hugs, my friend. ❤

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  28. May you guys have a wonderful day in beautiful Maine. Thank you so much for sharing Bette. ❤️💕🤗

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  29. That’s an interesting bit of knowledge about Maine and the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Happy almost-birthday to your beautiful state!

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by to help us celebrate…. Bicentennial festivities will continue throughout the state! It’s sure to be a spectacular year for Mainers and visitors alike. ❤

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