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About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.

icicles

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1585 – Icicles (tsurara) “The prompt for today is Icicles (tsurara) and that’s a classical kigo for “late winter”, but in my opinion that’s not completely true, because Icicles we see through whole winter.” “I have … Continue reading

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Winter tan renga with Jane

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1584 – Winter renga with Jane Reichhold – Spots of Blue “Today I love to challenge you to create a renga with Jane Reichhold. I will give you six haiku written by her to work with … Continue reading

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Lost

Written for:  The Sunday Muse #39 Seems we are the last two left of our species. Grasses have dried brown and brittle. Yet, under steel clouds, a hint of gold–a sunset. Come, do not be fearful. We will start a … Continue reading

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Lack of Care

Written for:  The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #387 Words:  calls, wild, world, repenting, knees, walk, lonely, pebbles, love, air, trees, despair We need to take a knee, protest and repent our treatment of the wild, their lonely calls of despair, trees … Continue reading

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Discoveries Are Found Anywhere

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – Prompt #231 – Motivation:  Discovery “How does a discovery motivate you? What discoveries have you made, or would like to make? It doesn’t have to be an earth shattering revelation. It could be as simple … Continue reading

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Storm Coming

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Weekend Mini-Challenge “Mustn’t Be Fancy”  (posted by Magaly) “Mary Oliver, that wondrous word-loving mind who just crossed The Veil, said that poetry “mustn’t be fancy.” According to her, “whatever isn’t necessary shouldn’t … Continue reading

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Troiku Hineri (troiku with twist)

Written for:  Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #67 Troiku Hineri: Apple Blossoms I will give you four haiku to work with. You may decide which haiku you want to use to create a “fusion-ku” with. Of course the “crossroads-idea” is not … Continue reading

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Of Helpers and Cakes

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – InForm Poet 7/5 Trochee The 7/5 Trochee was created by Andrea Dietrich, and it consists of 2 or more quatrain stanzas with the following set rules: Syllable pattern: 7/5/7/5 Rhyme Scheme: a/b/c/b or a/b/a/b Meter: … Continue reading

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The Ozark Black Howler

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – “Your lesser known *cryptids . . . (Posted by Isadora) “*A cryptid is an animal presumed to exist by people, even though there is no valid scientific evidence to prove it is … Continue reading

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Outward Appearances

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Meeting The Bar:  “Enjambment in Sonnets”  (posted by Jilly) “The use of punctuation in poetry, especially when it is read aloud, is just as essential as it is in prose, but many of us … Continue reading

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