The Sign – a poem

The Sign

By Teresa Smeigh August 2016

The sign on the wall

Spoke volumes with its silence.

The Lord Jesus loves you.

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The Goal – haiku

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The Goal

By Teresa Smeigh February 2016

The lion runs fast,

Its goal , dinner just ahead.

The goal runs faster.

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The Bend – a poem

The Bend

By Teresa Smeigh September 2016

Bend in the river,

A good hiding place for me.

Quick pull the boat in!

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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Birth – a poem

Birth

by Teresa Smeigh September 2016

Birth of a new day

The sun rises from the east.

Then sets in the west.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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Mend My Spirit

Mend My Spirit

By Teresa Smeigh September 2016

Mend my spirit Lord!

Help me follow in your steps.

Forgive me my sins.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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My Mask – a poem

My Mask

By Teresa Smeigh September 2016

I put on my mask

Every day when I rise.

I hide my true self.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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Night Owl – poem

Night Owl

by Teresa Smeigh September 2016

I hate first shift jobs.

I’ve always been a night owl.

I am up all night.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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Haiku – The Safe

The Safe

by Teresa Smeigh December 2016

Lurking about the safe,

Combination in their hands,

The alarms go off.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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Winter, Such a Lonely Sight

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Winter, Such a Lonely Sight

By Teresa Smeigh January 2017

Nature stark and lonely

Without it’s summer covering

Sometimes that covering

Shows white or shiny

So pretty covered in white

Slippery when it’s shiny

Waiting for summer heat

And green leaves and colors

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Writing Prompt – the word “score”

We talked about having three children. My husband was hoping for a boy. Back then they didn’t have ultrasounds that could tell you what sex the baby was. Probably a good thing since the first pregnancy resulted in the doctor saying, “It’s a girl!”

Score: Girls – 1, Boys – 0

20 months later I was about to give birth again. We still didn’t know the sex of the baby. My husband was still hoping for his boy. As the head emerged, our breaths were held and as the rest of our child appeared, the doctor said, “It’s a girl!”

Score: Girls – 2, Boys – 0

I am not saying my husband didn’t love his girls, he just wanted a boy to take to scouts and play sports with and other male bonding rituals.

About 8 years after the last girl was born we were talking about the third child we had planned on and I told him that I didn’t want children after I was 30 years old and I was almost 30 at that point. It was now or never!

As we watched a movie one night not so long after that conversation we saw all these babies and decided to go for it. I got pregnant immediately. My husband still wanted a boy, but it was the last baby, girl or boy.

At this point the ultrasounds were able to detect the sex of the baby, but we decided to wait and see rather than knowing ahead of time.

I got out all the old baby (girl) clothes and washed them and put them in the shelves of the bathinette. The baby shower produced a few neutral outfits.

A few months before my 31st birthday, I found myself pushing out another baby. As the doctor received that bundle of joy he said, “It’s a boy!” Now my husband was ecstatic and I had to go shopping.

Score: Girls – 2, Boys 1

Tessa

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Rewrote “Dizzy”

Here is the new version of this poem.

Whirlwind Thoughts!

By Teresa Smeigh April 2019

 

My mind is in a whirlwind,

Often leaving me chagrined.

 

Bipolar is one part of my problem.

My thoughts, I can’t suppress them.

 

Do this, please do not do that!

What am I, a dimwitted doormat?

 

I need some help regrouping.

I hate this negative thinking.

 

Positive thinking that’s the way,

Don’t let others lead you astray.

 

One day I am going to be free.

Barring any troubles, I can’t foresee.

 

It takes time and determination.

Planned, not just adaptation.

 

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

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I am revamping this blog now. April 2019 start.

There is a lot here that was written for prompts and is just not up to my usual standard. I am rewriting some, deleting some and leaving some as they are. Check back often to see where it’s going since some of the older stuff will now be newer as they move up the line. If you are looking for something to read you might find something you haven’t read yet. All new creative writing work is on my main blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

Tessa

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

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100 Word Challenge – Storm – May 31, 2017

Tara’s Thin Spiral Notebook – prompt weekly

The prompt is: storm

The sky was darkening quickly. Annie scrambled to gather her things and get inside before the storm started.

As she leaned against a tree, a knife slashed into the tree, by her head. She started to run and headed towards the trees hoping to lose whoever he or she was.

As she stopped to rest another knife landed in the tree next to her. They were still there.

She headed back to the house and wished she had her cellphone on her.

She was grabbed by the ponytail and a knife was brought to her neck. Then all went black…

 

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

 

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RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #140-twist and shout

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Haiku by Teresa Smeigh March 2017

Twist to the left side.

Followed by the right side too!

Shout with happiness!

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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FFfAW Challenge-Week of March 14, 2017

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Tim Livingston with the blog, The ForesterArtist. Thank you Tim for our photo prompt this week!

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Abandoned

by Teresa Smeigh March 2017

The boys were all avidly listening to the speaker. They were at a campout and it was time for ghost stories. Rudy volunteered to go first.

It was dark beyond the campfire. The boys were teasing Rudy for believing in ghosts.

“Shssh,” he said, “this is real.”

The boys all laughed, but finally settled down.

Rudy began speaking, “the Vegas family was known around the area as criminals. All of them. Most of the residents believed them, but one family, Mr. and Mrs. Stein scoffed at the stories. One day they disappeared in their old car. They were never found.”

The boys started laughing again and teasing Rudy. The leader was trying to settle them all down when right near them in the woods, lights turned on and a motor started to run.

The leader was laughing until the car started out of the woods and headed right towards him. He ran after the boys

Rudy’s older brother Randy roared with laughter, then abandoned the old rusty car.

***Rules***

1. A prompt photo will be provided each Tuesday to be used as a base to your story. Please include photo prompt with your story.

2. Linking for this challenge begins on Tuesday and runs to the following Monday evening.

3. Please credit photo to photographer.

4. The story word limit is 100 – 150 words (+ – 25 words). Please try and stay within this limit.

5. Pingback to the challenge post in your story’s post.

6. This is a flash fiction challenge (stories in 100-175 words or less) and each story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Therefore, no serial (continuation) stories. They become too complicated for our readers.

7. Add your story to the InLinkz Link-up (Blue Froggy button). Please let me know if you need link-up instructions.

8. Please keep stories below R rating.

9. Please respect the diversity of our readers and writers in regard to race, religion, and life style choice when writing your stories.

10. Remember, half the fun is reading and commenting on each other’s stories.

 

 

 

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Three Word Wednesday 521 – Shadorma

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by Teresa Smeigh March 2017

Just a nod!

He’s mischievous.

Call him here.

Discipline.

Needs obedience training!

Won’t stop barking now!

  Three Word Wednesday.: 3WW Week No. 521

Mischievous, adjective: naughty, badly behaved, misbehaving, disobedient, troublesome, full of mischief; rascally, roguish, playful, teasing, wicked, impish, roguish, arch.

Nod, verb: incline, bob, bow, dip, signal, gesture, gesticulate, motion, sign, indicate; noun: signal, indication, sign, cue; gesture, inclination, bob, bow, dip, approval, selection, sanction, endorsement; informal OK, A-OK, green light, thumbs up.

Obedience, noun: compliance, acquiescence, tractability, amenability; dutifulness, duty, deference, observance of the law/rules; submissiveness, submission, conformity, docility, tameness, subservience, obsequiousness, servility.

 

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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Meet and Greet with Dream Big

It’s the Meet and Greet weekend everyone!! Strap on your party shoes and join the fun! Ok so here are the rules: Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post. Reblog this post. It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone! Edit your reblog post and […]

via Meet and Greet: 2/4/17 — Dream Big, Dream Often

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Three Word Wednesday 516 – Shadorma

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by Teresa Smeigh December 2016

He was parched!

The rotund man dragged

His sore feet

House to house.

How scandalous people thought!

He’d only asked for water.

  Three Word Wednesday.: 3WW Week No. 515

Parched, adjective: (bone) dry, dried up/out, arid, desiccated, dehydrated, baked, burned, scorched; withered, shriveled, thirsty, longing for a drink, dry, dehydrated.

Rotund, adjective: plump, chubby, fat, stout, portly, dumpy, round, chunky, overweight, heavy, paunchy, ample; flabby, fleshy, bulky, heavyset, corpulent, obese; informal tubby, roly-poly, pudgy, porky, blubbery, zaftig, corn-fed, round, bulbous, spherical, spheric.

Scandalous, adjective: disgraceful, shocking, outrageous, monstrous, criminal, wicked, sinful, shameful, atrocious, appalling, dreadful, deplorable, reprehensible, inexcusable, intolerable, insupportable, unforgivable, unconscionable, unpardonable; rare egregious, discreditable, disreputable, dishonorable, improper, unseemly, sordid, scurrilous, malicious, slanderous, libelous, defamatory; rare calumnious, calumniatory, aspersive.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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My newest post is on IBPF.com on Bipolar and getting a diagnosis

My newest post on IBPF is out now. Check it out please.

Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching!

My newest post on International Bipolar Foundation has posted:

http://www.ibpf.org/blog/are-you-ready-diagnosis

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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Haiku – The Future

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“The Future”

by Teresa Smeigh January 2017

Look at the future.

Think of the good things to come.

Don’t think of the past!

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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