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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.

When Touched By Dreams

Written for: Poetic Bloomings2, Prompt #424 – Hey, That’s My Line! #6 “Today we return to one of our favorite exercises: Take a line from someone else’s poem posted at Poetic Bloomings and, for the moment, make it your own. … Continue reading

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Release

Written for: The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #591 Words: switch, strip, status, air, paper, firm, minute, vision, bright, show, disappeared, release He took a firm stand. Armed with paper and pen in hand, he proceeded to write his letter of release. … Continue reading

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Throw Away What Is False

Written for: The Sunday Muse #245 These are cracked pieces of the face I used to wear. Why destroy them, you ask- strong features, lovely eyes. All lies. Perfect ceramic for an imperfect person. If you studied the eyes, you … Continue reading

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United

Written for: Friday Writings #62: Pivot “For this week’s optional prompt, the word is “pivot”. You can use that word (or a variation of it) in your poetry or prose pieces.” Two meet talk is sweet romance ripens, hearts beat … Continue reading

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Focus on Creation

Written for: Poetic Asides #641 “Write a hurry poem.” Never rush when you are baking, tidy up afterwards or crucial ingredients may be forgotten. A cake may not rise, if bread lacks salt, it’s tasteless. Leave the mess for later, … Continue reading

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“dimmed lights”

Written for: The Twiglets #310 – dimmed lights Six previews, six advertisements– then, dimmed lights. Finally, main feature. Lights dim in restaurant, what are they hiding? in dimmed bedroom monster grins from corner chair sliver of moonlight There was a … Continue reading

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Panicked Heart

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun: Heart (posted by Frank J. Tassone) “Let’s face it: we are in the heart of winter—or summer if you live south of the equator. Perhaps it’s time we confronted the heart of the … Continue reading

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How To Train A Puppy

Written for: Poetic Bloomings2 – Prompt #423: How To ____________ “We’ve all seen or heard of the series of instructional books “For Dummies.” They even seek to provide a “Complete Idiot’s Guide” to nearly every endeavor known to humankind. They … Continue reading

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Shredded Flowers of Peace

Written for: The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #590 Words: floods, barns, faded, walked, peace, drumming, clung, hunt, thick, blooms, topped, spread Outside the barns, homes, and shelters we have walked past, thick blooms that once clung to peace have faded– spread … Continue reading

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My One True Thing

Written for: The Sunday Muse #244 Not budging. There is nothing familiar around me anymore. You have taken it all, sold it all. No matter where we have to live, I must have this piano with me. If you take … Continue reading

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