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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.

Surfeit of Storms

Written for: Poetic Bloomings2, Prompt #406 – Weathering Storms “In light of Ian and the devastation left in its path, let’s write of weathering storms. We may write about hurricanes, blizzards, electrical storms, or storms of life. When trouble blows … Continue reading

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Lull Before Lunette

Written for: The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #572 Words: between, moon, broken, nothing, throw, time, space, shadow, give, lull, rising, mute Lull in time, and space between the shadowy sky, and rising moon, yielding nothing but a mere lunette like a … Continue reading

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When Humans Return Home

Written for: Friday Writings #46: “Different Points of View” “Write a piece of poetry from two different points of view.” The Dog: I hear them, my ears raise up. I’d know that car sound anywhere. Ooh, ooh, I cannot control … Continue reading

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Stairs to Nowhere

Written for: Sunday Muse #230 I wear an invisible helmet of stairs. You cannot see them when I walk or stand still, yet they weigh heavily on my brain– whirling, dizzying reminders of all the endless winding paths I have … Continue reading

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Who Decides?

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics: The good and the evil (posted by Punam) “Write about good and evil! Let’s not make it good vs evil or black vs white, let’s write about mere mortals and about the good … Continue reading

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Unique Vacation

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday: September Song (Guest host: Xenia Tran) “Create a haibun about September, and a special moment you experienced or are looking forward to.” A September vacation that would be recalled and cherished in … Continue reading

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Changing Skylines

Written for: Go Dog Go Cafe – Tuesday Writing Prompt (Posted by Devereaux and Beth) “Write a poem using the words, “New York”, “skyline”, and “compelling”. Violet skyline of the desert has a unique beauty, one that is new to … Continue reading

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“a bare hill

Written for: The Twiglets #298 – a bare hill Smoke rose up from leaping flames leaving a tree- populated hill bare. Jack and Jill climbed the hill. It is a bare fact. riding bareback around bottom of steep hill breeze … Continue reading

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If You See Something

Written for: Sunday Whirl, Wordle #571 Words: scar, hear, flicks, felt, liquid, dirty, remember, mushrooms, amber, key, solid, admit She had a scar. Old surgery, she said, flicking her fingers, shrugging it off. Her amber earrings dangled in sunlight. I … Continue reading

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Now Is The Time

Written for: Poetic Bloomings2 – Prompt #405 Ecclesiastes “Write “A Time To _______” poems.” This is the time to stop second- guessing myself about difficult decisions I must address. Autumn is here; I do not want to fall. Old age … Continue reading

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