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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.

Finding Each Other

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday – Pleasantly Surprised A friend I have not seen nor been in touch with for over eight years, came back into my life, via my poetry blog. How startling it was to … Continue reading

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Written for:  Carpe Diem #1319 – Inner Beauty (quote from Coehlo’s “Manuscript Found In Accra” “Outer beauty is inner beauty made visible, and it manifests itself in the light that flows from our eyes.” hidden beauty finally brought into the light … Continue reading

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At The Neighborhood Bar

Written for:  The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #329 Words:  last, run, bar, fall, sail, case, afford, deep, nudge, puppet, assault, seat Seated at scratched and scarred wooden bar in Larry’s Lounge, two old friends. One, gray-headed wearing a faded blue ball cap, … Continue reading

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White on Blue

Written for:  Poets United – Poetry Pantry #382 (posted by Mary) White on blue, trees freeze in place, limbs list in weighted snow. Fog enshrouds bridge and sky, creating bridge to appear as a ghostly floating oasis able to disappear in mid-air. … Continue reading

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Written for:  Carpe Diem #1318 – “Love Is A Mystery” – A quote taken from “The Spy” by Paulo Coelho. “Love … the one true emotion we need in our life can also be used in spying as Mata Hari did … Continue reading

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Staying Warm

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – “Fussy Little Forms” – Than Bauk (imagined by Marian) Today let’s try the Burmese form called THAN BAUK. It’s a truly little form–smaller than even haiku at 12 syllables–and far fussier because … Continue reading

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Scarlet

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – I Once Used an Earthquake–dVerse MTB: Symbolism  (posted by Victoria) When we write symbolically, we choose something tangible to convey a more abstract concept or a mood/emotion. Rather than just saying something outright, … Continue reading

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in water

Written for:  Carpe Diem Weekend-Meditation #9 Imagination without boundaries “This weekend meditation I love to challenge you through a few images. Maybe you can remember our “Imagination-month”. I gave you images to work with and this weekend I love to challenge … Continue reading

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Ode To Silence Breakers

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Wordy Thursday with Wild Woman-“The Silence Breakers” – (posted by Sherry) “There was a lot to be discouraged about in 2017, but one positive is the rise of the “Me, Too” movement, … Continue reading

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Bathed In Light

Written for dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics:  “Leave The Porch Light On”  (posted by Lillian) Write a post that includes the word visit or a form of the word in the body of your poem. A haiku, Tanka, haibun, prose … Continue reading

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