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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 Cento of Nature

Written for: April 2021 PAD Challenge – Day 22 “Write a nature poem.” Hope is the thing with feathers who moves his soft velvety head. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air call to you, harsh and … Continue reading

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Crows Calling At Night

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics: China-Kingdom of the Poem (posted by Laura Bloomsbury) “The Poetics’ Challenge here is: Select any ONE of the above poems and with as many re-reads as you need, imagine what the poet has … Continue reading

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Trust Me

Written for: April 2021 PAD – Day 21 “Write a ( ) Me poem.” I want us to get married he said to reluctant me. Wore me down; I acquiesced. He found someone else. https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-poetry/2021-april-pad-challenge-day-21

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What is Peace

Written for: Go Dog Go Cafe – Tuesday Writing Prompt (posted by Devereaux and Beth) “Write a poem on what peace means to you.” There is world peace, there is inner peace. If wars end forever, would we declare a … Continue reading

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“bleak as gravel”

Written for: The Twiglets #223 – “bleak as gravel” Her outlook on life was bleak as the color of gravel. Winter’s blustery bleakness blows through trees, displacing gravel. gray-speckled gravel she sifts it through her fingers bits of her life … Continue reading

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Magazine Mishap

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub-Quadrille #126 ‘Come “bother” up a poem. (Posted by whimsygizmo) To: U.B. Thick Gun Magazine If you had bothered to read my email– letter following–of April 1, 2021, you would know that I have no interest … Continue reading

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Sally’s Alley

Written for: Life After Fifty- Sadje’s “What Do You See?” (luna’s on line) Smokers come to Sally’s Alley, where tables are set wide apart, nondescript white ashtrays on each. A rustic sea- side restaurant of limited menu choices making decisions … Continue reading

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Dealing With Boredom

Written for: One Woman’s Quest II VJ’s Weekly Challenge “How are you dealing with boredom in your corner of the world?” Varying my walks changes up the scenery. The local park has trails around a lake with ducks, geese, and … Continue reading

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They Call It Love

Written for: April 2021 PAD – Day 20 “Write a love and/or anti-love poem.” this idea of love their eyes fixed on each other heartbeats like bass drum tune often heard together now they have a secret song https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-poetry/2021-april-pad-challenge-day-20

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Elephant

Written for: April PAD – Day 19 “Write an animal title poem.” Elephants never forget, that is what they say. It is not always true for me. I love when people bring peanuts for me, the scent of those people … Continue reading

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