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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.

A Magic 9 Poem

Written for:  Poetics Aside Countdown to April Challenge-Countdown:  T-minus 5 A non-computer virus lives, spreading illness, death and fear. Our country tops the rest, yet active measures happen state by state, while our orange leader’s objective is to have churches … Continue reading

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Go Sit in The Back

Written for:  Poets and Storytellers United Weekly Scribblings #12:  “Nevertheless, She Persisted”  (posted by Magaly) “Write poetry or prose which included the words, “She was warned. She was given an explanation.  Nevertheless, she persisted.” This bus is segregated, she was … Continue reading

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Sevenling . . . three robins

Written for:  Poetic Asides Countdown to Challenge:  T-minus 7  – Write a short poem.  For:  Poetic Bloomings2 – InForm Poet – Sevenling “The first three lines should contain an element of three. It could be three connected or contrasting statements, … Continue reading

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Sheltering Surprises

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics:  Now I Can See . . .  (posted by Mish) “As we find ourselves trying to cope and navigate through these extremely stressful and unprecedented times, it may seem as though we are … Continue reading

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poet’s lips

Written for:  Go Dog Go Café – Tuesday Writing Prompt – “poet’s lips” The poet’s lips formed a perfect “O” from repeatedly pouring forth pearls of wisdom. https://godoggocafe.com/

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“not that simple”

Written for:  The Twiglets #169 – “not that simple” It is just not that simple to explain love. Do not pretend that you don’t know how to vacuum. You are not that simple. birds gather twigs, sticks scurry back and … Continue reading

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Back Door Blues

Written for:  Poetic Asides Countdown Challenge – T-minus 8 “Write a persona poem.” I got those mean back door blues. People slam me I shudder and shake. My frame is loose, my glass may break. I got those mean back … Continue reading

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Worth A Chance

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille #100:  “Abacadabra!  Where’s My Magic Wand?” – (posted by Linda Lee Lyberg) “With all the craziness going on around the entire world with COVID-19, I thought we might enjoy a little diversion into … Continue reading

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Stuck Inside My Mind

Written for:  Poetic Asides – Day 2 – Countdown T-minus 9 “Write as escape poem.” I studied myself through my thoughts– tightly clenched. Old woman who could not find her way out of body or mind. https://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides

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Sounds Delight

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – Prompt #287 – Sight, Sound, Scent “As we look for comfort and connection during this rather unsettling time in our lives, let’s consider the words sight, sound, and scent. Choose just one, and express a … Continue reading

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