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DID YOU KNOW?

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. 

“Maine’s Rich Seasons Make the State a Year-Round Destination

Whether you’re a leaf-peeper or a sun-seeker, there’s something for everyone…”

Visit Maine Tourism to find out more.

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

To 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 three wonderful haiku challenge entries from my readers.

More Maine…

Haiku by author Sharon K Connell; Photo: Portland Head Lighthouse, Cape Elizabeth, ME at Dusk by Mercedes Mehling @mrs80z (free Download) on Unsplash

Find out more about author Sharon K Connell and check out her website at https://www.authorsharonkconnell.com/

Haiku and Maine photo by author Karen Black

Find out more about author Karen Black and check out her website at https://storiesbykaren.org/ 

Haiku by Radhika; Photo: Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse, Cape Elizabeth, ME, USA Photo by Keith Luke @lukephotography (Free Downland on Unsplash )

Find out more about Radhika and check out her blog at https://radhikasreflection.wordpress.com

Thanks so much for stopping by to enjoy “More Maine.” The wonderful haiku poems and photos shared by my talented guests today celebrate more of the boundless beauty and bounty of The Pine Tree State.

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

Find MY MAINE and all of Bette’s books at https://www.amazon.com/author/betteastevens

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Comments on: "Celebrating Maine with #WritingChallenge Entries from Sharon K Connell, Karen Black & Radhika" (60)

  1. Betty, thank you so much for giving us a chance to try our hand at Haiku. It was a joy. I doubt it will be something I do often since I’m so busy with my novels, but I certainly enjoyed it. Your book still resides on our coffee table and looks so pretty there. When I need a lift after a busy day, I often open the pages at random and read one of your delightful Haikus about your home. It reminds me of my visit to Maine. God bless your work.

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  2. What a terrific set of haikus, Bette, and your book just sings right along with them. Sharing… 🙂

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  3. Thank you for sharing a part of your world through your eyes and wonderful thoughts!!…. I can almost smell all the lovely scents in the air and hear the waves when they reach shore….“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)…. 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May your day be touched
    by a bit of Irish luck,
    Brightened by a song
    in your heart,
    And warmed by the smiles
    of people you love.
    (Irish Saying)

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  4. Bette, a wonderful set of haikus celebrating Maine – beautiful and enticing. I love the Old Sentinel and reminds me how out on the islands where my mother was born the two lighthouses which had been the ‘sentinels’ on the rocky shoreline have been taken down. They were unused but still … we were gutted and the landscape looks ‘wrong’. Your Maine is stunning and I long to visit more than ever! ❤️

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    • Hi, Annika! Thanks so much for stopping by to enjoy more of the magic of Maine. I hope our lighthouses remain for ages–as a tribute to the past and as an endearing reminder of those who came before us. ❤ Have a blessed and beautiful day!

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    • I’m sad to hear that the lighthouses have been taken down, Annika Perry. What a travesty. They hold so much history. Hopefully, no others will be removed. I love visiting them. When I lived in Pensacola, Florida, I climbed to the top of the Pensacola lighthouse and walked around the enormous, beautiful light and took in the view. Thanks for liking my Haiku. It’s not my normal genre, but it sure was fun.

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      • Sorry … sent too early! The views are stunning! I’ve only ever been up one lighthouse in Dorset called Portland Bill! A wonderful and memorable visit. As for haikus, Bette has a knack of drawing the best out of us in this genre! Lovely to ‘meet’ you here on her blog!

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  5. I love your poetry book My Maine, Betty. The poems are so beautiful and Maine came alive in your Haiku. ❤ We have to visit Maine again!

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  6. You are a one-person Chamber of commerce promo for Maine, Betty. Beautiful pictures and haiku – but I don’t need convincing!

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  7. Maine is truly a beautiful state, worthy of lovely poetry.

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  8. Simply beautiful haikus and photos from your lovely state!

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  9. Hi, Bette. I am delighted to be included in your lovely blog! Thank you for continuing to share the wonders of Maine.

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    • And I am truly delighted to have you here, Karen. Your photograph and haiku capture the enchantment of Maine. Thanks so much for taking up the challenge! ❤ xo

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  10. Reblogged this on storiesbykaren and commented:
    Bette Stevens, an accomplished writer, lives in the beautiful and diverse state of Maine. She is eloquent and generous in sharing the wonders of her home.

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  11. Thank you so much dear Bette for sharing such a beautiful place and your lovely Haiku. A wonderful post.

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  12. Beautiful Maine deserves such fabulous haiku. Thanks for making my heart pine for the pine state Bette. I would love to visit.

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  13. Someday I’m actually going to visit Maine. Sounds like a great place.

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  14. Thank you for sharing these beautiful contributions, Bette! I loved all of them!

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  15. Beautiful and I would love to explore Maine someday. l Such a beautiful state.

    Have a fabulous day and week, Bette. ♥

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    • Thanks, Sandee. The blooms are singing and the golden fields are greening. It’s been a most lovey week here in Maine and know your week in the Golden State is singing and greening too… Hubby and I were in Mojave Desert and Lompoc (coast) in the 90s. I grew up (early years) in Santa Clara. ❤ Hugs and happy week to you too!

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  16. I’m pretty sure if I weren’t cold-averse, I’d live in your beautiful state. Lovely haikus.

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  17. I find the haiku form very inspiring because these poems are usually about nature. Haikus are also energy-instilling because they are short and often accompanied with photos. Thanks to Sharon, Karen, and Radhika. And YOU, Bette, for promoting these authors and the state of Maine.

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  18. Thank you for sharing such beautiful haiku poems and photos of your beautiful state. 🌷

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  19. HI,
    I have heard that Maine is a beautiful state, but to be honest, the weather is too cold for me. I’ve also heard that the summers are not long. Your pics are fabulous. They make me relax but not liking cold weather, I dont know whether I would choose to vacation there.
    Shalom aleichem

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    • June is my favorite month to have guests and get out and about to explore the magic of Maine. But, July, August and September provide warmth among the wonders… ❤ I think you would love it, Pat. In any event, thanks so much for enjoying The Pine Tree State virtually on my blog. xo

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      • Bette,
        It was refreshing to just let my mind wander through the virtual tour of your State. The tour was relaxing. A nice way to start my day. Shalom aleichem

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  20. Such sweet Haikus about your lovely state. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. My goodness! Beautiful photographs and haikus. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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  22. I enjoyed this post about Maine and getting to know it, Bette. Your talented guest writers and photographers speak about the state so authentically. Thoughtful art and beautiful nature all round. Thanks for sharing. Have a good week 🙂

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  23. Wonderful, Bette.

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  24. Beautiful, Bette. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. These are all beautiful, Bette. Lovely pictures and haikus.

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  26. Thanks so much for publishing my haiku Bette. Absolutely delighted. The other haiku are brilliant as well.
    Just a small correction, in the line to my blog, it should read her and not his. 😊
    Once again many thanks. Have a lovely week ahead ❤️

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