Maine

I’d read Blueberries for Sal as a young girl. Robert McCloskey’s 1949 Caldecott winner, set in rugged Maine. And so I recalled that book many years later, spending three glorious days in Acadia National Park.

We spent our indoor time within the cozy confines of a knotty pine cabin. Mornings of hot steaming coffee mugs, looking out windows that opened to the northern woods. Bedtime, covered in faded down quilts, noses chilled as our fire turned to softly glowing embers.

Afternoon walks took us along the coastline, climbing over rock strewn paths with views of crashing waves. Trail number three turned inward, passed ruins of a wall, crumbled stones scattered in wild tall grasses. We walked through a dense birch tree stand. And in one magical moment, the wind whipped up and the canopy of branches swayed. Sunlight streamed in, creating a shimmering lacework overhead.

Our last evening, in denim shirts and hiking boots, we made our way at dusk to the top of Cadillac Mountain. We lie back and watched the sky turn glittering black. Specks of incandescence gleamed light years away. The only sound was our intake of surprised breath as a shooting star streaked from left to right, to another place in time.

sun light dances
through birch tree leaves and disappears
as stars skitter into view

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Written for Haibun Monday at dVerse Poets’ Pub with Bjorn tending the virtual bar, asking us to write a haibun about a walk we’ve taken.  Photos from Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor Maine.

47 thoughts on “Maine

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) May 9, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    What a wonderful place to visit, To lie and look at stars and the birches sounds like perfect magic, also the crashing waves that I imagine as being something wonderful to have as company.

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    • lillian May 9, 2016 / 6:16 pm

      Sun is finally shining in Boston! Will mosey over to the bar in a bit — and do my reading in AM with my hot coffee☕️

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  2. Victoria C. Slotto May 9, 2016 / 3:03 pm

    Skittering stars…what a delightful image.. I think some of the most precious memories in a relationship can come from moments like these.

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    • lillian May 9, 2016 / 6:17 pm

      Oh yes…I do agree! So glad you enjoyed this one.

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  3. B. E. Adalgari May 9, 2016 / 3:28 pm

    I visited Acadia a long time ago– when I was about 12 or 13– so this piece and your photos brought back a rush of wonderful memories. So many evocative images here. “noses chilled as our fire turned to softly glowing embers”, “ruins of a wall, crumbled stones scattered in wild tall grasses”, “Specks of incandescence gleamed light years away.” Thank you for this

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    • lillian May 9, 2016 / 6:56 pm

      You’re most welcome! It is such a very special place! Did you have popovers at Jordan’s Pond there? 😊

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  4. kanzensakura May 9, 2016 / 3:28 pm

    The haiku is wonderful. I love how it captures the moment of sunlight streaming through the birches. Fireplace weather always perfect time to me. the last line of the last paragraph delights me. Being a long time lover of the night sky and stars, this line wowed me. The rest of the haibun with its sights and sounds are perfection but those stars, that surprise. What an Oh! moment.

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    • lillian May 9, 2016 / 6:58 pm

      Smiling I am .. I remember all you said about haiku and worked hard to have it truly fall into that genre 😊. So very glad you named it a haiku! Success!

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  5. rivrvlogr May 9, 2016 / 5:09 pm

    It’s beautiful there, and what better place to see a sunrise, than Cadillac Mountain.

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  6. Grace May 9, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    What a view it is – to watch the sky turn black and see: shooting star streaked from left to right, to another place in time. Love the walk and the starlight viewing ~

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    • lillian May 9, 2016 / 7:00 pm

      So glad to take you along on this walk with us! Glad you enjoyed.

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    • lillian May 9, 2016 / 7:03 pm

      I also love the quaking Aspens in Colorado! And weeping willows too. But this stand of thick birch trees – I’ve never forgotten that walk.

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  7. Linda Kruschke May 9, 2016 / 5:42 pm

    I love National Parks, though I’ve never been to Acadia. Thanks for sharing your walk and the pictures. I like that you designated the trail you took as “Trail number three.” That one detail made the whole piece more real for me.

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    • lillian May 9, 2016 / 7:06 pm

      Happy to take you here with me, Linda. I also love National Parks — I think they are celebrating 100 years since the first national park was designated. Places we must insure continue to be cared for so future generations can also enjoy!

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    • lillian May 9, 2016 / 7:07 pm

      …and I’ve also enjoyed a cold nose when snuggling down into a sleeping bag with the stars above! City life is just not the same.

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  8. Charley May 9, 2016 / 7:16 pm

    …a shooting star streaked from left to right, to another place in time. I have traveled in a time and place very much like you describe — just not in Maine. The world beyond man-made lighting is truly another place in time. Sometimes I just long for a long walk into the woods. Or a major power outage. Great poem!

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    • lillian May 10, 2016 / 8:24 am

      Ah yes…..these places where light pollution is nonexistenet and one can lie back and commune with the stars — they are indeed wonderful! So glad you enjoyed this one!

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  9. Michael May 9, 2016 / 9:56 pm

    Beautiful world you live in Lillian, I felt part of it and another part wants to go there and experience it myself.

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    • lillian May 10, 2016 / 8:25 am

      We will travel again to Acadia this summer. It’s a very special place. We’re so lucky to have our National Parks.

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  10. lynn__ May 9, 2016 / 10:38 pm

    I enjoyed your beautiful haibun and photographs, Lillian.

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    • lillian May 10, 2016 / 8:26 am

      So glad you did, Lynn. Nice to see you here over my morning coffee 🙂

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      • lynn__ May 10, 2016 / 8:27 am

        …and I with my lemon ginger tea 😊

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  11. Sumana Roy May 10, 2016 / 1:49 am

    love this shining haibun with streaming sunlight, breath of trees and magical star gleam…absolutely beautiful…

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    • lillian May 10, 2016 / 8:28 am

      …a shining haibun……what a wonderful thing to say 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind words here. So glad you enjoyed.

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  12. kim881 May 10, 2016 / 4:46 am

    I’ve always wanted to stay (or even live) in a pine cabin but we don’t have many of them in England. You’ve made the idea even more alluring, Lillian! I adore trees, always have done, and your haiku is a little hymn to trees.

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    • lillian May 10, 2016 / 8:29 am

      Ah….they are indeed cozy! 🙂 Happy you enjoyed this one. It was a very very special three days. We hope to return this summer! I love the idea of a hymn to the trees 🙂

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  13. navasolanature May 10, 2016 / 4:49 am

    This is so inspiring and the park you write about and show with the photos and the link to the book make it a literary and natural gem!

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    • lillian May 10, 2016 / 8:31 am

      So nice to see you this morning over my morning cup. Yes indeed — Acadia is a very very special place. Glad you enjoyed!

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    • lillian May 10, 2016 / 10:25 am

      Always happy to walk with you! 🙂 Ah this wonderful path called the blogosphere!

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  14. petrujviljoen May 10, 2016 / 10:23 am

    Something I still want to/need to do: sleeping out under the stars. I sometimes leave my curtains open but it’s not the same.

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    • lillian May 10, 2016 / 10:27 am

      ah yes —- living now right in the city of Boston, the light pollution covers up the stars. Somehow neon lights and buldings left with lights on overnight just isn’t the same. But I have done that — we always took camping trips and especially loved staying in the national parks or national forests. There is just something about those stars blinking your mind to sleep …..

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  15. whimsygizmo May 10, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    Breathtaking. I want to visit this magical place. And I LOVE those skittering stars!

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  16. kaykuala (@hankkaykuala) May 11, 2016 / 10:40 am

    through birch tree leaves and disappears
    as stars skitter into view

    Day and night transformation beautifully narrated Lilian!

    Hank

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    • lillian May 11, 2016 / 10:43 am

      So glad you enjoyed, Hank. It was fun to bring back the memories of this beautiful place. We’re now motivated to return again!

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  17. Mish May 13, 2016 / 12:22 am

    You were very successful in taking me as a tag-a-long on this walk. The pictures you paint in your haibun have sent me a googling.

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    • lillian May 13, 2016 / 8:26 am

      Acadia National Park is truly beautiful. Maine has such a rugged coast. Glad you enjoyed!

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  18. Rosemary Nissen-Wade May 13, 2016 / 7:03 am

    What a lovely experience! The haiku is particularly beautiful.

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    • lillian May 13, 2016 / 8:28 am

      So glad to take you to this special place!

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