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MY MAINE, Haiku through the Seasons reflects the Maine I know and love. ~Bette A. Stevens, Maine author 
The haiku above written February 2022. Photo taken from back field (farmstead peeking through) on a perfect snowshoe day as winter’s landscape begins to transform itself into spring.

Below is a sampling from Winter Tales.  

Winter Tales 🌲

(Selections from— MY MAINE, Haiku Through the Seasons by Bette A. Stevens)

Sheets of diamonds
Glisten on frozen meadows
Perfect snowshoe day

Icicles weeping
Tears of joy from the rooftops
Winter jubilee

Dawning feels warmer
Daylight slowly grows longer
North tilts toward the sun

Afternoon shadows
Scrambling through frozen forests
Sing—Joy to the world

Black and white portraits
Etched below an azure sky
Disappear at dusk

Thanks so much for taking time to enjoy a bit of late winter in MY MAINE, Haiku Through the Seasons

Did You Know? 🌲

Maine’s official nickname is “The Pine Tree State.”

The Eastern white pine tree appears on the state flag, its state quarter and, as of 2017 , 89.1 percent of the state was covered in forest, making it the most tree-covered state among the 48 contiguous US states. 

My Maine takes readers on a poetic journey through the state’s four distinct seasons. The collection of 150 haiku poems includes 49 of the author’s photographs as well as facts and symbols from The Pine Tree State. MY MAINE, Haiku through the Seasons is available in print and eBook formats. Take a peek inside and grab a copy at AMAZON.com. ~Bette A. Stevens, Maine author

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Comments on: "MY MAINE (late winter) excerpts from Bette A. Stevens’s Poetry & Photography Collection" (62)

  1. Winter in New England is really beautiful. I just with it weren’t so COLD.

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  2. Beautiful “tales,” Bette. Your haikus and poetry are inspiriting and bring the beauty of Maine directly to the reader’s heart. Another snowstorm expected for NE, after a few balmy days. What a weird winter we’ve had! xo

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  3. I love your poem, Bette – your love for Maine is such an inspiration.

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  4. Hi Bette – You’ve give me an idea with these wonderful poems. I might try a corresponding series of poems. “My Florida: Haiku Through No Seasons

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  5. Joe Perrone Jr said:

    These are lovely, Bette. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Thank you for sharing a part of your lovely world and thoughts in poem!!.. can see your world through your eyes!!!.. “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)… 🙂

    Have the mostest wonderful weekend (and every day) ever and until we meet again…..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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  7. Bette, you have a gift for writing poetry. Beautiful words put together in creative and magical style.

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  8. D.L. Finn, Author said:

    Beautiful, Bette. I love the picture and haiku. Nothing more pretty that snow against a blue ski. I enjoy those days of snow shoeing and you captured that moment perfectly.

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  9. Winter tales are fabulous Bette, I love this book. 🤗

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  10. Such a beautiful and serene place is Maine, Bette and your haiku is awesome. Fabulous picture.

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  11. Beautiful, Bette. You’re so very talented.

    I’m sure you hubby had a wonderful birthday too.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. Big hug. ♥

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    • Thanks for your visit and thoughtfull note, Sandee! Dan and I enjoyed a quiet day at home with phone calls from daughters and grands. A few who live local will stop by to celebrate on the weekend and we’re looking forward to that. ❤ Wishing you a lovely day and weekend too! xo

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  12. These haikus are wonderful and paint a fabulous picture.

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  13. You know that haiku is my favorite verse form, practically the only kind I will tackle. Haikus summon instant images for me, and strike a musical chord because I know how viewing a scene can result in the 5-7-5 bit of creativity. Love this, Bette, and all of your poetry. 😀

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  14. My Maine is one of my favorite poetry books of all time, Bette! The photos that accompanied the poems made me feel like I was visiting your beautiful state. Thanks for sharing these poems and I wish you the best!

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  15. Just lovely, Bette. I know I am ready for spring right about now!

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  16. I love “My Maine”, Bette! Such a beautiful tribute to your lovely state of Maine! ❤️

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  17. Beautiful piece, Bette. Thanks so much for sharing another gem with us. Wishing you a lovely day! xo

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    • Thank you, dear Natalie. ❤ Sunshine and high of 20 degrees F today…A lovely day to sit by the fire and read. Wishing you a lovely day and a most blessed and beautiiful week! xo

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  18. I loved My Maine! Beautiful post, Bette.❤️

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  19. I enjoyed your Haiku, Bette. Very visual. It’s hard enough to encapsulate an experience in 17 syllables. You did it for several stanzas. Well done.

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  20. Your word pictures are masterful! Thank you for creating the opportunity for us to enjoy “your Maine!”

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  21. Lovely extracts, Bette. This is a beautiful book.

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  22. Beautiful poem Bette!

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  23. So lovely, Bette!

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  24. This couldn’t get more perfect than the cold beauty of winter. Lovely, Bette.

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  25. “Dawning feels warmer
    Daylight slowly grows longer
    North tilts toward the sun”
    Beautiful, Bette.

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  26. Your words unite locations with time. I feel the energy of daily transitions…

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  27. “Tears of joy from the rooftops”
    Oh, that’s such a perfect line for the anticipation of spring!

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  28. I greatly enjoyed My Maine. Sharing!

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  29. Ah, such beautiful poetic snapshots of Maine, Bette. I encourage everyone to pick up this exquisite book. It was so lovely to read these again…. sharing!

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