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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.

My Soup Runneth Over

Written for:  Miz Quickly – Complete in Itself Write between five and fourteen lines (one poem, or more than one), and let every line be complete in itself. That’s not always a complete sentence. Though you want every line to be … Continue reading

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I Get It!

Written for:  Poetic Asides #454 – I Get _______ I get it! Do not repeat it, understand? I will use less hot sauce in the gumbo. Next time, no fire trucks.  

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Big Top Doings

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics:  “Come to the Circus!” (posted by SarahSouthwest) – Write a poem about the circus. Red balloon nose shoes with big toes high wire acts scary big cats peanuts, popcorn whistles and horns a … Continue reading

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stone steps

Written for:  The Twiglets #94 – “stone steps” down to the crypt on steps of stone   Will you be my stepping stone? I will buy you an ice cream cone.   Steps in disarray leaning this way and that … Continue reading

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Restore

Written for:  Miz Quickly – Two Word, “carry me” Restore my senses to carefree clarity Carry me on your shoulders, Dad, down to the hem of ocean foam, like you did when I was a child. Restore my senses to … Continue reading

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Different Endings

Written for:  Poetings Bloomings2 – Prompt#215 – “And I Quote” – Installent #2 How is the impossible even possible? We wonder if we are capable to achieve great things because they seem daunting, haunting our every thought and action. “What’s … Continue reading

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log

Written for:  Haiku Horizons – “log” log in playground children balance, walk, and jump was once part of cabin https://haikuhorizons.wordpress.com/

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Grey-Tinted Woman

Written for:  The Sunday  Muse #21 She wonders, grey-tinted woman, why colors exist if she cannot see them. She’s told her lips are perfectly painted in late- autumn orange. They insist. Oversized glasses are purchased in a magic shop.  She … Continue reading

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The Race

Written for:  The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #369 Words:  blow, finish, drive, stage, spirit, ten, strength, letters, buzzer, raffle, instinct,                speed Whistle blows at finish line.  Letters on your car read, “Strength of Ten”. Your driving speed … Continue reading

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Poetry Pokes At the Mind

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Weekend Mini-Challenge, “Resistance” – (posted by Brendon) Mailer once said you should never fall in love with your own writing, because when that happens it means you’re writing crap. But how are … Continue reading

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