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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.

Substitute A Smile

Written for: Poets and Storytellers United Weekly Scribblings #59: “Wait For It! (posted by Rommy) “Hello, Word Artists and Admirers! For this week’s prompt, I’m revisiting a favorite of mine, Hamilton. I’ve selected five lines from the musical to inspire … Continue reading

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Playing At Sea

Written for: Poetic Bloomings2 – “Picture This . . . Ekphrastic Poetry 1 “Use the above photograph as the emphasis for your poem.” Girl wears hat Boy leans for support- different views. Does each one glimpse a preview of future? … Continue reading

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Outside

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – “Edges and Fringes” (posted by msjadeli) ” . . . I finally decided on a two-pronged discussion on edges and fringes with prompts coming out of it. Carol’s poem, “Knife-edge,” stuck with me. I … Continue reading

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From Childhood

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday “Walk With Me Down Memory Lane” (posted by Lillian) “So for today’s haibun….I’d like you to do a similar exercise BEFORE you write your haibun. Get a few pieces of blank paper, … Continue reading

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Beach Plums

Written for: Go-Dog-Go Cafe (posted by Devereaux & Beth) Tuesday Writing Prompt “Tell me what your favorite place to be is without naming the exact place.” Beach plums grow on bushes steeped in sand. Above lies a grassy hill dotted … Continue reading

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“strong arm water”

Written for: The Twiglets #216 “strong arm water” Jack and Jill lacked the strength to carry a pail of water without spilling it. a strong arm of water formed a tidal pool around the rock’s bottom. dips arms in water … Continue reading

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Reaching The Core

Written for: One Woman’s Quest II VJ’s Weekly Challenge “Ponder what we find when we dig.” She knew the truth but her need to prove it became an obsession. She made calls, googled people on the internet, even tailed them … Continue reading

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Missing

Written for: Poets and Storytellers United Writers’ Pantry #59: Love and Loss (posted by Magaly) “If you have ever lost someone, you know just how true Dessen’s words are. Grief, like love, is forever—it dulls, it grows, it changes… but … Continue reading

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Glow for the Imagination

Written for: Poetic Bloomings2 Prompt #327 – “I’ll Be Out Of The Office . . .” “Choose an item in your “office” and wax poetic about its purpose. Could be a pair of slippers, a soup ladle, the remote control, … Continue reading

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Behind The Curtain

Written for: Sunday Muse #149 (posted by Chrissa) Behind the emerald curtain there is a sorry sight to see- an addlepated alien in charge of pulling strings. We are the puppets, slave to his whims. A change of curtain seems … Continue reading

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