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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.

Seasons of a House

Written for: Sunday Muse #179 In Autumn leaves flutter, form a carpet ’round the house whose appearance shouts Winter. Slats seem faded and worn against gold blanket. When cold weather blows in, the frame will splinter. If only this house … Continue reading

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Refusing The News

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Poetry Form: Zégel (posted by Grace) “The elements of the simplest and most common form of the Zéjel are: 1. syllabic, most often written in 8 syllable lines. 2. stanzaic, opening with a mono-rhymed … Continue reading

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morning glories

Written for: Go Dog Go Cafe – Tuesday Writing Prompt (posted by Devereaux and Beth) “Use the words, tomorrow, death, and glory.” morning glories light spreads joy on this Spring day leaves death for tomorrow https://godoggocafe.com/

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“let me go mad”

Written for: The Twiglets # 245 – “let me go mad” Let me go, madness is just around the corner. Put me in Wonderland where everyone is mad, and no one will notice. she fears madness even on this lovely … Continue reading

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Beyond Suffering

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille #136 “Let’s Linger” (posted by Linda Lee Lyberg) She lingers at her mother’s side, acutely aware of the depleted body lying in bed– ghostlike, ethereal as if she has already passed into another … Continue reading

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Power of Humor

Written for: Poetic Bloomings2 Prompt #352 – Many From One “On Wednesday, during our exploration of Wallace Stevens’ work through his “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”, I instructed you to be mindful of this piece of poetics. Stevens … Continue reading

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Frayed

Written for: Sunday Whirl, Wordle #519 Words: streaming, free, line, fray, try, nothing, sharp, sheen, rights, daily Her life frays like hem of old jeans. Sharp losses suffered daily. A line is drawn in the sand. One side streams with … Continue reading

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Should You Tire

Written for: Sunday Muse #178 “Pick one image to write about.” I had high hopes for us– happy marriage and children. Hollywood will adore you, dear, my loss. Should you tire of stardom you will find stars await silvering my … Continue reading

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At The County Fair

Written for: Poets and Storytellers United Weekly Scribblings #87: “Let’s Go To The Fair” (posted by Rommy) “For today’s prompt I want you to write about one (or more) things you might find at a fair and write about that. … Continue reading

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In The Zephyrs of Spring

Written for: Go Dog Go Cafe Tuesday Writing Prompt: “whisper through me” (posted by Devereaux and Beth) As the zephyrs of Spring tickle my neck and tease my arms, I sense a bee-buzz of anticipation around my head like a … Continue reading

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