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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.

Marked by Sun

Written for:  Sunday Muse #57 – “Protector” – Photo by Susie Clevenger Sad eyes cast downward. One arm hugs her middle, other crosses it with hand at base of throat. Hundreds of years under scorching suns, her body is pock-marked. She appears parched. … Continue reading

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Man At the Highway

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Weekend Mini-Challenge “Portraiture”  (posted by Kim) “Write a new poem, or revise an old one, which paints a portrait. It can be of someone you know or have known, a relative or … Continue reading

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Two Tanka

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – InForm Poet – Tanka “In Japanese, tanka is often written in one straight line, but in English and other languages, we usually divide the lines into the five syllabic units: 5-7-5-7-7. Write TWO different poems: … Continue reading

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Miracle of Water

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Poetry Form:  Ghazal (posted by Gay Reiser Cannon) Traditional Ghazal rules of form are very clear. The opening couplet is called a matla, which sets up the rhyme scheme (qaifa) and refrain (radif) by … Continue reading

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A September Morning

Written for:  Wednesday Muse #9  (posted by Toni) “I am making this short and sweet: write about an anniversary or several in one poem. Let’s try our best to make this true poetry instead of prose broken into lines. Fireblossom … Continue reading

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Candlelight

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Light  (posted by Sumana) Our words can create both darkness and light. For today stick to Light; whatever Light means to you. A compare and contrast will also do. “There are two ways of spreading … Continue reading

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Lawrence Block

Written for:  Poetic Asides #481 – “Pick any writer, make him/her the title of your poem, and then write your poem.” He knows where the bodies are buried, has a ticket to the boneyard. When the sacred gin mill closes, … Continue reading

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knocked down

Written for:  The Twiglets #127 – “knocked him down” He put himself on a pedestal– they knocked him down She did not know that the School of Hard Knocks was literal Tornado spinning– a smoke-gray funnel of destruction descends, knocking … Continue reading

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tan renga with Basho

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1665 Tan Renga Challenge Month May 2019 (12) “special” Basho “Miscanthus bud” “Welcome at a “special” episode of our Tan Renga Challenge Month May 2019. Today I have a few nice haiku by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) … Continue reading

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Enrichment

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille #80 – “Eat The Rich”  (posted by Kim) We have expressions and sayings, such as ‘eat the rich’, ‘poor little rich girl/boy/kid’, ‘rich as Croesus’, ‘life’s rich tapestry’ and ‘strike it rich’, and … Continue reading

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