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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.

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda

Written for: Poets and Storytellers United Weekly Scribblings #54 – Hindsight is Rather Tricky (posted by Magaly) “If I Knew Then What I Know Now” In thinking about hurtful endings in particular periods of my life, would I not want … Continue reading

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Thinking Through a Blizzard

Written for: Go Dog Go Cafe (posted by Devereaux and Beth) “Use “blizzard of thoughts” in a piece of poetry.” He pictured her in his mind, this goddess he met at his job one day, when too many hours of … Continue reading

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“at close range”

Written for: The Twiglets #211 – “at close range” at close range her makeup appeared garish The baseball player had lost his range of motion meadow flowers dance colors whirl in Summer breeze at close range A man who sent … Continue reading

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Which Way?

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille #120 (aka #119, part 2) – No way. Way! (posted by msjadeli) “Way” feels active to me, whether it is a path that is traveled on, something you travel to, or that you … Continue reading

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Three by Three

Written for: One Woman’s Quest II VJ’s Weekly Challenge: Threes “Sum up a situation in three words or three lines.” waiting anxious vaccine stomach riled up no vaccine appointment long wait ahead https://onewomansquest.org/2021/01/25/vjs-weekly-challenge-threes/

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Blue-eyed Ocean

Written for: Poetic Bloomings2 – Prompt #322 Bits and Pieces “Think of your situation as bits and pieces and how they had influenced you. To take Hampton’s quote, what places have you been, who have you loved? What song best … Continue reading

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Bribed

Written for: Sunday Whirl, Wordle #492 Words: web, settle, justice, vicious, chain, call, shelf, tell, send, cheers, sway, month vicious web justice on a shelf. Calls for chains swayed by cheers proud boy settlers tell judge, send him out, it’s … Continue reading

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Animal Affair

Written for: Sunday Muse #144 Upon emerging from the ark, the animals were parched. Two by two they met at a fresh water pool. Tigers, pandas, giraffes, zebras, and more. Slurping, neighing, and hooting sounds echoed ’round. It was an … Continue reading

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Monet

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics: Connections (posted by Merrill) “Think about connecting or connections in any sense.” I remember that special room in the Museum of Modern Art. The first time I entered a hush, a quiet beyond … Continue reading

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I Call His Smile

Written for: Poets and Storytellers United Weekly Scribblings #53 – Beautiful Words (Posted by Rommy) “Hello Word Artists and Admirers! In Japanese tea ceremony, it is customary to give your tools special poetic names. Part of the ceremony usually includes … Continue reading

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