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.


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.


About Tessa

Tessa Dean at 60 plus is still writing but slowing down because of her disabilities affecting both physical and mental abilities. She has bipolar disorder (mental), Fibromyalgia (nerves), degenerative disc disease (spine), and arthritis (joints). She has published about 12 articles on Bipolar Disorder on She is also working on 3 fiction books (mysteries/thrillers). The books will probably never be finished, but who knows what the future holds. She keeps her blogs filled with useful content, stories and poems. Plenty to keep you busy. She has also been interviewed by blogs and had other posts published on many different blogs. She is from Southern, NJ. Her family, writing and blog keep her busy. You can also follow the progress of her memoirs on the blog. She is adding chapters a little at a time.
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4 Responses to Bare Trees

  1. jannatwrites says:

    Perfect poem! There is something sad and lonely about leafless trees. And it will be that time of year again soon. I’m glad you decided to share it, and I do hope looking through past writing will encourage you to write something new, too 🙂


  2. bpkiki says:

    I love the simplicity of This Teresa. It really expresses the mood in its clearest, purest form. There is something very sad, very melancholy about winter trees, and you’ve done well to express that here. I do the same thing when I’m struggling to write, go back through old poems and share them. It does help sometimes, also reading helps… other poetry books, fiction, etc. I’m polar too, though I’m tyinbto manage My disorder naturally, and depression and apathy are no strangers to me. Its Not unusual for me to purposely avoid sleep and drink a lot of coffee to Try to trigger an episode… so I can at least get some work done, lol.

    I have a blog where I document My managing BPD naturally at: and I share some of My writing now and then. Maybe you’ll find something helpful There.

    I also have a blog dedicated just to My writing and the struggles of writing at

    I’m doing something called the #tenminute challenge where I write for ten minutes everyday, no matter what and I’m inviting others to join me. I’m Not 100% consistent, But its All about accountability, so maybe If you join me in the challenge We can help one another be more accountable. Its about dedicating time to your craft and building habits.

    Anywho , its good to see a fellow BP writer out There. Were a special kind of breed. I hope to see more from you soon! Take care.


    • Tessa says:

      Thank you for visiting my page. What I wrote as a child is better than I can produce now. I was on a roll and after an out-of-control manic period I ended up in the hospital. Once they put me on meds I lost myself, my real self.


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