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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.

smart

Written for:  Haiku Horizons – “smart” sting of bee she stuck her hand in nest it smarts; she is not https://haikuhorizons.wordpress.com/

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Lost Family

Written for:  Poetics Aside 2018 November PAD Chapbook Challenge – Day 12 “For today’s prompt, write a disaster poem. Disasters can be epic and involve earthquakes, fires, and violence. But disasters can also be epic and involve spilling red wine … Continue reading

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The Determined Dachshund

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads:  Fussy Little Forms – “Cherita” (posted by Marian) Cherita builds on haiku and tanka, and was inspired by the six-word story, which was inspired by Hemingway, so hey, there is a rich history … Continue reading

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Protection

Written for:  Sunday Muse #29 They thought if every part of their bodies were thickly inked, new fires in this alien world would not be able to penetrate thin skins. They thought this might be a world in which they … Continue reading

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Eyes Ahead

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – Prompt #221 – “And I Quote” – Installment #3 Words to live by:  As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by … Continue reading

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Teachings

Written for:  The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #377 Words:  cinch, trunk, trees, snow, chime, sign, fine, sleepy, junk, child, bud, line Snow does not cover words or initials carved into tree trunks. Yet they blossom sleepy buds–a sign of forgiveness? A … Continue reading

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No Remorse, No Forgiveness

Written for:  Poetic Asides 2018 November PAD Chapbook Challenge – Day 11 For today’s prompt, write a forgiveness poem. Earlier this month, I shared an apology poem prompt, but it’s one thing to apologize; it’s something else entirely to forgive … Continue reading

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decay

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1537 Decay Today I have chosen to challenge you with a modern kigo (seasonword) taken from Jane Reichhold’s “A Dictionary Of Haiku”. Autumn … my season, because I love autumn, but autumn is a season full … Continue reading

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“leafless tree”

Written for:  Carpe Diem’s Leafless Tree #3 Morikawa Kyoroku, one of Basho’s disciples This time I have chosen for one of Basho’s ten most important disciples, Morikawa Kyoroku (1656-1715). Here are a few haiku written by Kyoroku: ah! morning glories … Continue reading

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Thought of My Parents (no doubt)

Written for:  Poetics Aside 2018 November PAD Chapbook Challenge – Day 10 Write a teenage poem. They insist that you are their Enemy, opposing every word you utter, Except when they need money. Funny how angry voices Negotiate in softer, … Continue reading

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