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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.

Components

Written for: Friday Writings #4 – Pain in Ink (posted by Magaly) “Write poem or prose that explores psychological or physical pain.” When anxiety levels catch up to depression levels, I feel like jumping out of my skin. Spinning in … Continue reading

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“underneath my ribs”

Written for: The Twiglets #255 – “underneath my ribs” My dog had skin and fur overlaying his ribs. Now his ribs ride on top. So chilled, I felt the cold creep underneath my ribs. child cries, breath shallow has been … Continue reading

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Sniffle, Sniffle

Written for: Poetic Bloomings2, Prompt #362 Baby, It’s Cold Outside. “Write a cold poem.” I hope I don’t catch a cold, and panic it’s much worse than that. As virus mutations grow bold, I hope I don’t catch a cold. … Continue reading

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Witness in the Shade

Written for: Sunday Whirl, Wordle #529 Words: free, morning, why, papers, truth, shiny, witness, strive, engine, wings, split, price Why did this witness come to light right before deliberations? Hope this case was not engineered by council for the defense. … Continue reading

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Virtual Meetings and Friendships

Written for: Miz Quickly – Day 30 “I hope you have enjoyed yourselves, and have found things you wouldn’t have otherwise written. Keep your head on your shoulders, your eyes on the prize, and your nose to the grindstone. Good … Continue reading

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Evening Peace

Written for: November 2021 PAD – Day 30! “Write a The End and/or The Beginning poem.” When darkness falls, I feel at peace, with one dog curled up fast asleep beside me on his blanket, warm. It’s after nine; my … Continue reading

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Winding of Eras

Written for: Miz Quickly – Day 29 “At my grandparents’ home when I was young [Yes, Miz Bunny was once young] there was a wind-up dog that did flips, and a monkey that banged cymbals. Each one wonderful in its … Continue reading

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Long Gap of Changes

Written for: November 2021 PAD – Day 29 “Write a next poem.” When next we get together, sooner I hope than this last gap of fifteen years, while we cope each with their own demons, through cigarette smoke. So splendid … Continue reading

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Stupid Questions

Written for: Miz Quickly – Day 28 “There are questions that are never answered to anyone’s satisfaction.” For example: Why is the sky blue? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? How can you (eat, do, ask, believe, etc) … Continue reading

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Pearls

Written for Miz Quickly – Day 27 – Marquee Moment “Staying with the theme of bringing world events into poetry: Sometimes in an old movie or television show we catch sight of a newspaper, an ad, a marquee, something that … Continue reading

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