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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.

Cigar Ash

Written for dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille Night – Ashes to Ashes (posted by SarahSouthwest) Our word tonight is “ash”. An ashtray full of stale cigar butts in Dad’s car. Soon as I climbed in, my complexion greened. Fresh cigar … Continue reading

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Occupational Dreams

Written for: Miz Quickly – Day 18 “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ~ George Eliot Had I talent for singing, I would pursue that dream now– me and my rock’n roll band playing … Continue reading

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Surprise

Written for: Poetic Bloomings2 – Prompt #356 Left of Center, Right “Write one. A left poem, a center or middle poem or a right poem. Left Out to Dry. Stuck in the middle. Right Kind of Wrong. You know where … Continue reading

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Teen vs. Parents

Written for: The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #523 Words: drawing, space, time, beaches, mission, murder, boat, tight, speedy, air, found, weapon Do not make it your mission to spend all your time at the beach, dear. I understand how drawn you … Continue reading

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In The Neighborhood

Written for: Miz Quickly – Days 16 & 17 “Pay attention Really. Piece of cake. If you can get out where there are people, listen to them. Make a few notes, and use the experience as the basis of your … Continue reading

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Unorthodox Treatment

Written for: Sunday Muse #182 Now, now, do not be afraid. Even though you cannot see it, my hair is in a braid. Most of my face is gone, hence a cone. All the better to poke you with, along … Continue reading

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Who’s In Charge Here?

Written for: Miz Quickly – Day 15 A bird. One PARTICULAR bird It could be the woodpecker that works on your siding. Or Woody Woodpecker. A Harpy? A fictional budgie belonging to a fictional character (or real/real, real/fictional, fictional/real). First … Continue reading

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They Bring Us Joy

Written for: Miz Quickly – Day 14 “Today we do return to our five-line stanza. Maybe later a longer poem. Today: Some sort of plant (single or collective) OR animal OR a parent and child OR a pair of lovers—observed … Continue reading

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White Wednesday

Written for: Miz Quickly – Day 13 – Wednesday “Write about Wednesday. Or being wed. Or winning.” This poem is Wednesday, dressed in cotton white. Comes along mid- week; provides hope to those awaiting weekend. This poem is Wednesday, in … Continue reading

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Grandma’s Ring

Written for: Poets and Storytellers United Weekly Scribblings #91 – Personal Symbols (posted by Magaly) “I invite you to write poetry or prose inspired by a personal symbol, or a thing that represents or stands for something else, especially a … Continue reading

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