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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.

Fresh Cement

Written for:  Poets and Storytellers United Weekly Scribblings #26:  Pavement  (posted by Sanaa) “Our challenge today is to write while inspired by pavement.” “Under the pavement the dirt is dreaming of grass.” — Wendell Berry In fresh cement of new … Continue reading

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Ocean Opera

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – July Covid-19 PAD – Day 3 – “A Day At The Beach” What can you hear?  We are looking for poems about the sounds heard at lake/ocean side. Sand shushes next to my blanket– quick … Continue reading

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Diary of a Non-picky Eater

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – July Covid-19 PAD – Day 2 “Eat At Joe’s” – What is your favorite cuisine? As far as cuisines go I seem to love them all, from favorite Italiano to curry’s pungent call. Barbecued pulled … Continue reading

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Knives Out

Written for:  Poetic Bloominsg2 – Covid-19 P.A.D. – Day 1 – “Grand Re-opening” (movies) “Hello poets! We’re re-opening the world today. Here we will not concern ourselves with that insidious viral infection this month. It has done enough harm and … Continue reading

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haiku for moonlight

Written for:  Go Dog Go Cafe – Tuesday Writing Prompt “Write something around the words “mystic moonlight”. magnet at midnight she is drawn to the window mystic moonlight https://godoggocafe.com/

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“we romantics”

Written for:  The Twiglets #183 – “we romantics” We are The Romantics– all requests taken. Remember how romantic we were until you mother moved in? everlasting romance they glide ‘cross pond, black velvet swans–mated for life He considered himself a … Continue reading

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Open Front Window

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – Prompt #296 – Open A Window “Poeticize what’s behind that closed door. Why is it closed? If you’ve had an experience where something had not gone in your favor only to lead to something amazing … Continue reading

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Love Behind a Column

Written for:  The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #462 Words:  cotton, coal, call, can, caress, cart, cacophony, cover, color, column, covet, corona Her eyes, color of coal, call to me. How I covet her, want to caress her, cart her off in … Continue reading

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Pink Smoke

Written for:  Sunday Muse #114 I am a ghost, your host of pink smoke, blown cotton candy. There you are, down below me. See how you are stuck in a bundle of branches, thorns piercing you. Chances ruined. I said … Continue reading

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The Road to Moving On

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – For Your Consideration – Potpourri Topic:  Letting Go Character:  Factory Worker Object:  A Key Fob Setting:  A Small Apartment “USE THESE AS THE SPARK FOR YOUR POETIC BRILLIANCE!” Joe is content with his job at … Continue reading

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