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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.

Wanting Peace of Mind

Written for: Poetic Asides PAD November 2020 Challenge – Day 29 “For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Wanting (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your … Continue reading

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Meaning Of Loss (remixed)

Written for: Poetic Asides PAD November 2020 Challenge – Day 28 “For today’s prompt, write a what’s next poem. Do you see hope and optimism? Are you only able to see doom and dismay? Or is it possible you can … Continue reading

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Respect for Dignity

Written for: Poetic Asides PAD November 2020 Challenge – Day 27 “For today’s prompt, write a what’s next poem. Do you see hope and optimism? Are you only able to see doom and dismay? Or is it possible you can … Continue reading

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Fortunate

Written for: Poetic Asides PAD November 2020 Challenge – Day 26 “For today’s prompt, write a thankful poem. Write an ode to someone or something. Or compose a sonnet that expresses thanks–either from you or as a persona poem. Of … Continue reading

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Crowded Room

Written for: Poetic Asides PAD November 2020 Challenge-Day 25 “For today’s prompt, write an exaggerated poem. Make it bigger; make it smaller; and/or make it whatever, as long as you exaggerate! Have fun with your poems more than ever today.” … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

Written for: Go Dog Go Cafe (posted by Devereaux & Beth) “Write an acrostic poem using the word FAMILY or THANKSGIVING.” Toast to Health for everyone And No more pandemics, Kindness and kisses instead. Sailing on a new boat Going … Continue reading

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“o solo mio”

Written for: The Twiglets #204 – o solo mio “o solo mio,” I said in best Italian accent. No answer. Ask Stevie Wonder for deeper understanding. o solo mio echoes from a gondola a kiss in Venice A gondolier sang … Continue reading

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Special Dinner

Written for: Poetics Aside PAD November 2020 Challenge – Day 24 “Today is the final two-for-Tuesday prompt day (and it’s the one I share every challenge). You can pick one prompt, pick both prompts, or even write one poem that … Continue reading

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Watching Water Change

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday (posted by Kim) Being But Human “This week, I would like you to write about a time when you last watched stars, a storm, the sea, an animal, or something else in … Continue reading

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Dreaded Call

Written for: One Womans Quest VJ’S WEEKLY CHALLENGE #122: THE PHONE CALL Let your imagination run wild with this one. One phone call can change the state of things. I know I can easily think of of a number of … Continue reading

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