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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.

Goodies for Seniors

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – InForm Poet – Imayo “The imayo is a 4-line Japanese poem that has 12 syllables in each line. If a 12-syllable line sounds unique for a Japanese poetic form, don’t fret. There is a planned … Continue reading

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Vigils

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Vigilance “Create a new poem that addresses the monitoring and vigilance you see as necessary or obtrusive.” Perhaps if guns were not easy to buy, and assault rifles were banned, we could stop weeping as … Continue reading

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Autumn haiku

Written for:  Poetic Asides #498 – Write an Autumn poem. traveling to orchard both sides of road, summer green one tree dressed in red-gold Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 498    

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Redolent Scent

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics:  Waiting for a poem . . .  (posted by SarahSouthwest) “Tonight, I want you to write a poem of anticipation. Maybe you’re hoping for something wonderful, maybe you’re afraid of retribution, maybe you’re … Continue reading

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Written for:  Carpe Diem #1744 Pilgrimage to the Great Shrine of Ise (Japan): “There is nothing to see; and they won’t let you see it.” “The gateway’s doors stand open, but a white curtain, hanging from the lintel in their … Continue reading

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broken whisper

Written for:  The Twiglets #144 – “a broken whisper” If I whisper a promise into your ear, and do not follow through, is it a broken promise or a broken whisper? Her voice broke in the middle of a whisper. … Continue reading

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Sheltering

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads:  Out-of-Standard:  Gimmee (Fall out Shelter     (Posted by Isadora) “For this prompt, imagine you are living alone in a fallout shelter. Write a poem that encompasses you daily routine. While this seems pretty … Continue reading

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Children’s Treasures

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Prosery:  Memories with the trees  (posted by Merrill) “Prosery is our latest addition to the dVerse universe. This will be our fourth prosery prompt. If you’re not yet acquainted with the dVerse term, let … Continue reading

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Glinda

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – Prompt #260 – “There’s No Place Like Home” Adopt the persona of one of the characters.  Write a poem of Dorothy’s arrival from that character’s point of view. Think it’s a joy always being “the … Continue reading

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In The Jazz Club

Written for:  Sunday Whirl, Wordle #421 Words:  empower, jazz, clash, beat, jive, cork, smoke, shoulder, electric, sway, mirror, pluck Empowered by jive beat of hypnotic jazz, she rose, swayed to her own dance through blue smoke. Night was electric. In … Continue reading

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