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Darkness is not My Friend

Darkness is not My Friend —– by Teresa Dean Smeigh

Nightmares during the night or day,

Cannot keep the demons at bay.

I always dread the coming night

I have to sleep with a light.

Darkness is not my friend

I wish it all were to end!

This poem came to me upon waking up. Sometimes they are just there and have to come out.

Tessa

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Spring…snow????? I want out of this room! 2 Poems

Tessa:

This is from my other blog “Tessa Can Do It” @ http://www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com.

Originally posted on Tessa Can Do IT!:

Taken by Teresa Dean Smeigh in a local park. Taken by Teresa Dean Smeigh in a local park.

First day of Spring

The sun’s warm glow,

But this year is different

We get snow!


When the season changes to Spring.

The flowers bloom, the birds sing.

The woods are cool and dark

Or give me a nice sunny park.

Tessa

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My 2 Blogs

This page is to let you know that I have 2 blogs:

www.finallyawriter.com                            — stories /poems

www.tessacandoit.wordpress.com         — journal – life shares

If you press my Tessa link it still seems to point to Finally a Writer at times.

This blog is now under construction to clean up pages I have found links broken or missing photos.

The blog is still available to read during this time.

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An Explosion of Colors

A field of flowers

colors everywhere you look

open your eyes, see.

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And here is another feeling towards life. Colors everywhere. Look at them, see them!

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Absence of Life

absence of color

no one listens anyhow

Death. Is. Forever!

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This is a description of my black mood right now. It in no way means anything except as a way to describe my inner feelings at this time in my life. It is a reminder that no matter how dark and horrible life is, “Death is Forever.” I went there once and I am lucky to be he here now talking about it.  I do have family and friend support, but so many feel they don’t.

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Snow, Snow, Snow!

Snow

State emergency!

Snow is glistening!

Snow boards, sleds, skis, brought outside.

 

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“Starting Writing Over Again” By One Who Keeps Starting Over!

I was happily writing away. Every week I came up with several new short stories or poems. Ideas seemed to flow easily and then my creativity well dried up. Nothing, not a thing came to mind. I went through the prompt sites I used and they just didn’t trigger anything. I bought a couple of books of prompts and even got some prompts from “Writer’s Digest” magazine and web site. I looked at tons of pictures I found on the web. I read a lot of stories/ books and looked for inspiration, but there wasn’t anything coming to mind. I started to have nightmares and a story would come to mind, but then the nightmare would fade and so would whatever thoughts it triggered.

So I have started the research on ways to get restarted again after a long period of no new activity or a dry spell. Now some people use different techniques.

  • write til you hit a certain word/page count per day or write for a set amount of hours everyday

  • try to come up with new ideas every day (ex. go to a park and people watch, actually any public place will do)

  • set a time to write everyday, the same time and put it in your planner and make it a habit,

  • don’t let anything stop you writing every day, just one day can break that habit you finally developed

  • always have a notepad or your phone or an ipad with you to write down ideas as you think of them

  • think about memories – people, places and things in your own life and jump off from there

Unfortunately none of these are working for me. If any of my readers can add to my list of suggestions posted above to get me started again, I sure would appreciate it.

Tessa

 

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Your Invitation

Originally posted on Plays Well With Words:

I’m changing the world, with or without you, but I’d love for you to come along for the ride. Please help by sharing.

http://www.dyingwithstyle.org.

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 18 trips to carry that many people.

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SPREAD YOUR WINGS AND FLY!

I am sitting here on another quiet morning. Unable to sleep and happened to pick up a book my mom kept of our childhood memories. The 2nd part of my blog’s title is : Help me spread my wings and fly! I thought that I had just made that up at the time, but obviously it came from earlier in my life. Here is a poem written to my late mom:

Although it’s taking me longer than most to spread my wings and fly.
I am finding that I have what it takes to make it and get by.
Thank you for all the encouragement and love you have shown.
I am thankful you are my mother and I am not alone.

It has only been a year and I miss you still. I love you!

Love,

Terri

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The Dawn

Poem written on a lonely morning by Teresa Smeigh!

The morning sky is still black,
Stars twinkling in the dark sky.
The moon is bright, just hanging,
Feels like no one awake, but I.

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Bare Trees

Poem written when I was in 8th grade-

Bare Trees ————— by Teresa Smeigh

Trees in winter will always be

A very lonely sight to me.

How sad they are, their leaves are gone

Looking back to days long gone.

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I know it has been a long while since I posted anything to my blog, but it has been a very difficult time for me. Some of you know that I suffer from Bipolar Disorder and when I am depressed or on the meds that stabilize the moods I have no creativity. I have been going through stuff in my room and found this old poem and thought it was actually pretty good for 8th grade so I am posting it here and hope that it triggers more writing in my future. I have missed writing, but just can’t seem to create anything new. I have some other poems around. I might post a few more of them written in my adult years.

Tessa

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Demons and Devils – Haiku Friday

Haiku Friday

  

         Demons and Devils,

        Ghouls, Goblins and Ghosts as well.

        Tall, black witch’s hat.

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Light and Shadow Challenge

This Haiku is based on Light and Shadow’s :   Welcome to Monday 06/13/2014 and the Monday Challenge (picture below) as well as Haiku Friday!  —- Tessa

Are you ready to start the week?  Below you will find two prompts, one a picture and one a quote. Have a look and see what story they inspire you to tell and then go for it – in 500 words or less! You can use one or both and you don’t need to refer to them in your writing, just follow that spark of inspiration whether it is fact, fiction or poetry.  You have until next Sunday at noon GMT so go for it.  Have fun, write some stuff and then use the link underneath to let people see it.

Here is the picture prompt.  Please credit it if you use it on your own blog.

Image taken by Thomas Marlowe on the streets of the city of York
Image taken by Thomas Marlowe on the streets of the city of York

Here is the quote:   You should got to a pear tree for pears, not an elm. —Publilius Syrus ( ~100 BC) , Maxims

It is really encouraging to have comments on your work and it can give people a real lift. Sometimes it is nice to just let someone know that their writing hit the spot. Sometimes you can give a little help with a suggestion or hint.  Please comment on the other writers as much as you feel able. The rule with that is the quote from WB Yeats, ‘I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.’  These posts are someone’s dreams.

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Stormy Weather – Haiku Friday

Haiku Friday

  

     Thunder cracks, lightning.

     Rain is pouring down so hard.

     Don’t stand under trees!

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Haiku Friday 06/06/14 — Tessa

 

 

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Fire!!!

Inspiration Monday

Inspiration Monday    06/02/14

Okay; write 200-500 words on the prompt of your choice. You may either use the prompt as the title of your piece or work it into the body of your piece. You must complete it before 6 pm CST on the Monday following this post.

The Prompts:

PENGUIN FLIGHT SCHOOL

MARTIAN KARAOKE*

LIPSTICK CAMERA

BRING THE FILE

BURNED OUT

Want to share your Inspiration Monday piece? Post it on your blog and then give me the link in the comments below (I’ll also love you more if you link back to me); I’ll include a link to your piece in the next Inspiration Monday post. No blog? Email your piece to me at stephanie (at) bekindrewrite (dot) com. 

Tessa

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Fire!!!

Sandy was on a break and absorbed in her book so she wasn’t paying attention to the noises around her. She worked in the front office mostly by herself and so she brought a book to work for break times and lunch.

The manager, Mr. Girard, stuck his head in the door and said, “Sandy there is a fire on the second floor and it is spreading fast. Get out of here, but please bring the file for payroll if you have it handy.”

Mr. Girard hurried on to the different offices to alert everyone he could. Luckily he knew the personnel upstairs in the 2nd floor offices were already down stairs as they were the first to notice the smoke coming out of one of the empty offices.

Mr. Girard went looking for the fire alarm to sound the alarm to give everyone a heads-up especially the rest of the personnel that were in the kitchen and dining room of the club as it was a large building and he couldn’t cover it all himself.

In the meantime a customer tracked down the alarm and set it off after telling the kitchen personnel to leave as quickly as possible out the back. The front was already filled with smoke and the fire was rapidly moving down the stairs to the front door.

Sandy escaped out the front door with a handful of files that she had handy on her desk including the payroll file. She stood out front with the others who were already out, but she was nervously thinking about those in the back of the building.

The customer who rang the fire alarm gathered the workers and took them through the back dining room to the doors. They were locked. Several people grabbed chairs and threw them through the windows and doors and everyone dashed out and ran along the small back path trying to get around to the front to the big parking lot. Windows were blowing out up above them and sprinkling them with glass. Most of them were coughing and choking on all the smoke.

The manager started to count heads as the firemen rushed in to try and control the fire. Luckily everyone got out and Sandy saved a lot of the files.

The firemen couldn’t save the top floor and it was burned out, but the downstairs which contained the dining rooms, a few offices and the kitchen was just smoke and water damage and the club reopened once they took care of the remodeling. It was determined that the fire was set by a disgruntled employee. Luckily no one was hurt.

 

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Eyes Left – (Non-Fiction)

Boot

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Eyes Left

 

The Marine behind the desk was not amused when my husband went to check into his new duty station for his training after boot camp and was followed by me.

 
“Who is that?”

 
“My wife, sir!”

 
“If the Marine Corps wanted you to have a wife we would have issued you one.” What?

 
My mouth dropped open. I couldn’t say a word.

 
Now we had driven down from New Jersey to North Carolina and it wasn’t like I could just go home. We had all of our worldly goods with us.

 
“What did you plan to do with her?”

 
“Sir, we have money saved and we were going to get someplace in town.”

 
We were already married when he joined the Marines. This situation was a little different than the Marines who graduated from boot camp and got married on leave and came back with wives.

 
Eventually things calmed down and after some discussion it was decided that he could live off base, but had to be on base early in the morning and then stay til they were done. We found a nice trailer park and every morning I drove him in and picked him up.

 
I also made him lunch and took it on base for him every day. I found the parking lot where he could find me and sat in my car with the door open and sat sideways in the seat with my legs out and on the ground while I waited that first day. I was nervous and then I could hear a group coming as they were marching with a Marine Corps Cadence. It was fascinating to watch them marching in unison and repeating the cadence their leader was shouting.

 
What I wasn’t ready for was as they came abreast of my car the leader shouted, “eyes left!” They all turned to look straight at me.

 
Now I was 20 years old and weighed less than 100 lbs. I was a tiny little thing with a big chest and all I was wearing was short shorts and a halter top. Very disconcerting having all those eyes fastened on me.

 
I eventually got used to it happening and provided visual entertainment for the troops every day.

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Light and Shade Challenge Monday 26th May 2014

Light and Shade Challenge

 

Are you ready to start the week?  Below you will find two prompts, one a picture and one a quote.  Have a look and see what story they inspire you to tell and then go for it – in 500 words or less!  You can use one or both and you don’t need to refer to them in your writing, just follow that spark of inspiration whether it is fact, fiction or poetry.  You have until next Sunday at noon GMT so go for it.  Have fun, write some stuff and then use the link underneath to let people see it.

Tessa

 

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Hospital Stays – Haiku Friday

Haiku Friday

  

    My skin is purple.

    IV’s, blood draws, sleepless nights.

    Let me go home please!

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Haiku Friday.

This is based on recent hospital stay.

Tessa

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Our Favorite Place

Our Favorite Place

Before the fog had burned off, I was sitting under the trees waiting for Eric. He had asked me to meet him this morning in our favorite spot so he could show me something.

I was so excited. I was a little surprised at the earliness of the hour, but was too excited to worry about it.

I heard a noise behind me. It was Eric. I was surprised to see him with a woman. My smile faded.

Sorry Julie, I didn’t know how to tell you so I brought her with me. This is Sue, my new wife.”

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I haven’t participated in a while. Here is my newest entry. It is exactly 100 words.

Friday Fictioneers – approximate 100 word picture prompt.  Picture prompt below for Friday, May 23 —— Tessa

 

Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers PHOTO PROMPT      Copyright – Erin Leary

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Canoeing

Inspiration Monday

Inspiration Monday     5/2614

Okay; write 200-500 words on the prompt of your choice. You may either use the prompt as the title of your piece or work it into the body of your piece. You must complete it before 6 pm CST on the Monday following this post.

The Prompts:

THE DYING SKY

WHAT NOW?

HANG UP

ALIEN EARTH

FOR THE LAST TIME

Want to share your Inspiration Monday piece? Post it on your blog and then give me the link in the comments below (I’ll also love you more if you link back to me); I’ll include a link to your piece in the next Inspiration Monday post. No blog? Email your piece to me at stephanie (at) bekindrewrite (dot) com. 

Tessa

 

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Canoeing

Suzy and Sharon get out of the street and quit fighting. There are cars coming,” Laurel told her two daughters. “For the last time get over here!”

The girls moved and Laurel went back to help her husband, John, get the canoe lifted over the metal fence covering the opening to the stream they were going to investigate. This was the first trip with the girls ages 7 & 8. There were with several other couples as they didn’t explore unknown creeks or streams without having someone else with them.

Finally all the canoes were over the fence and sat on a small beach ready to be loaded. The girls were lifted off the side of the road and put on the beach as well.

Once everyone was loaded, they put the 2 girls in the middle of the canoe and Laurel waded out and climbed in the front. John pushed the canoe further out and climbed inside.

Each girl was wearing a life-jacket and had a bottle of soda to keep them from begging for a drink all the time. They finally settled down and John and Laurel started paddling.

As usual Laurel steered them into the sides of the stream and the sticker pushes, logs etc. John shouted,”Laurel haven’t you learned to paddle yet? This is ridiculous!”

Just as she turned around to yell back at him they headed right into the overhanging branches of a tree and they all leaned to one side and the canoe tipped over completely. Quickly John and Laurel looked for the girls and they were floating thanks to the life jackets.

They both started laughing as their daughter Sharon was holding tightly to her soda bottle and had it over head so it wouldn’t sink. They quickly flipped the canoe back over and put their stuff that was floating around back in. They tried to put the girls back in the canoe, but they both refused and started crying that they weren’t going back into the canoe with them. The harder they tried, the harder they cried.

Finally one of their friends offered to take them. They reluctantly agreed and were lifted into the other canoe. They started on their way again with John yelling at Laurel. Laurel always said they should have divorce courts at the end of the trip as most couples weren’t speaking by the time they got to the end hours later.

 

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Ocean

 

Waves rush in quickly.

Parents and children swimming. 

No one sees the shark.

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Haiku Friday Prompt

For right now, the only rule is – if you link your post and it doesn’t contain a Haiku, the link will be removed.

Surprisingly, there are about 40 different accepted forms for Haiku – we will define a smaller subset of those types for use on Haiku Friday.

Haiku consist of 17 syllables – typically given in three lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables. That’s about the only rule here – 5,7,5. How you use those syllables is up to you.

Tessa

 

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