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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.

Sullen Salesman

Written for: Poetics Aside #423 Write a graduation poem. Tell me, what was management thinking (or drinking) when they graduated Mr. Sullen to “Phone Man” at a small stand centered in Electronics? Robotic, inscrutable, with frozen frown that disabled him from … Continue reading

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Nowhere

Written for:  The Twiglets #77 – “nowhere fast” The fastest point between here and nowhere is a straight line Nowhere is a place without phones Why go nowhere fast if you don’t know where you are going? A young man … Continue reading

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Forgivingness of Summer

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille #57 – “Don’t Rain On My Parade!  (posted by Kim) “Join us in writing rain-drenched poems in the hope that together we can magic up a big enough umbrella to keep the rain … Continue reading

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plants

Written for:  Haiku Horizons – “plant” tomatoes, basil oregano and lavender plants of choice https://haikuhorizons.wordpress.com/

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Animated Eagles

Written for:  The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #352 Words:  loud, eagles, drunk, win, wait, family, hearts, check, laugh, animated, queen, bar Animated eagle families, big -hearted, and laughing loudly, wait for no queen. Never drunk except on love; they check on … Continue reading

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Peace Mother Vs. The Orange Menace

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads  “If You Meet The Hero On The Road . . . (Posted by Brendan) “Why are heroes popular, well, usually that’s us in there, wearing the mask of Hero, besting and wresting, clubbing and … Continue reading

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evening

Written for:  Carpe Diem Crossroads #9 – Ozaki Hosai’s “on the field” “Ozaki Hosai has written nice haiku in my opinion, but I think you, my dear haijin, visitors and travelers, can create a wonderful “fusion” haiku with the following haiku … Continue reading

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Florence Nightingale

Written for:  Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #32 – Use That Quote This weekend nurses all over the world are celebrating the International Nurses Day initiated by the International Council of Nurses (ICN). This special day for all nurses takes place on … Continue reading

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Chavin

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1431 Chavin Culture The chief example of architecture is the Chavín de Huantar temple. The temple’s design shows complex innovation to adapt to the highland environments of Peru. To avoid the temple’s being flooded and destroyed during … Continue reading

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Bourbon Vanilla

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Open Link Night #220  (posted by Bjorn) Madagascar vanilla tempted to sip from brown bottle, but essence is best experienced in a cake perfumed with vanilla. A candle flickering, flame on white, scenting a … Continue reading

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