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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.

Not A Believer

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics: Let Your Words Be your Paintbrush! (posted by Lillian) “In February 2018, I became acquainted with the often surreal art of Catrin Welz-Stein. She studied graphic design in Germany and then worked for … Continue reading

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Close Your Eyes

Written for: Go Dog Go Cafe – Tuesday Writing Prompt (Devereaux and Beth) “Write a piece of prose or poetry that begins with: Where I go, no one can follow.” Where I go no one can follow, so just to … Continue reading

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“she’s a leaf”

Written for: The Twiglets #195 – “she’s a leaf” She’s a leaf I’m a twig It’s a relief she weighs less than a pig. In a butterfly flutter, she sways and becomes a fallen leaf. burnished red leaf she picks … Continue reading

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Sky-Skiing

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille #112: The Sky’s The Limit” (posted by whimsygizmo) “Today, I shall paper-airplane-sail you the word sky. Describe for us a skyline. Build a skyscraper of phrase. Scribe us something sky-blue true. Go skydiving … Continue reading

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Three Chapters of Me

Written for: Poetic Bloomings2 – Prompt #304 My Life In Words “Your auto-biography begins here. Break up your life (up to this point in time) into three chapters. Give each chapter a title. Write three brief poems (one for each … Continue reading

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Open The Roads

Written for: Sunday Whirl, Wordle #474 Words: democratic, deny, sychphants, end, sorrow, dead, turtle, hypocrite, ruthless, justice, sad, trump Well Sufferin’ Succotash! These hypocritical sycophants deny democracy, applaud Trump’s ruthless autocracy. Sad time for American justice. Sorrowful turtles who creep … Continue reading

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Toxins

Written for: Sunday Muse #126 (posted by Fireblossom) I erupt. A volcano of toxic black smoke hidden within rises up, disperses, clears pent-up fires. My body is now pure water, stamping out scorching flames, soothing forests, that they may grow … Continue reading

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Last Words

Written for: Poets and Storytellers United Weekly Scribblings #37: Last Messages “In East Asia (Japan, China, Korea) there is a long tradition of death poems called jisei, reflecting on one’s own death and/or death in general. They are supposed to … Continue reading

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Homeless Child

Written for: Poetic Bloomings2 – For Your Consideration It’s Tragic! Write this poem: “The greatest tragedy is –––––––––” A child is left alone scared, hungry. You look at her and wonder how this can be. You bemoan– she looks young, … Continue reading

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Raccoon Riot

Written for: Poetic Bloomings2 – InForm Poet – Stornello Italian tercet, 11 syllables per line – aaa end rhyme The raccoon now faced garbage cans with locked lids Outraged, he climbed to deck, ravaged plants, and slid off, mischief done … Continue reading

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