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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.

Missing

Written for: November 2021 PAD – Day 28 “Write a slow down poem.” You race through all your days missing out on life https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-poetry/2021-november-pad-chapbook-challenge-day-28

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Nature in Autumn

Written for: November 2021 PAD – Day 27 “Write a remix poem. Take one or several of your poems, and make a remixed version that is new.” No dye or paint can match Ambers, apricots, or crimsons That nature arrays … Continue reading

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Sales, Sales, Sales!

Written for: Miz Quickly – Day 26 – State of Things “The Rabbit is writing these ahead of time, and has no idea what the current state of affairs might be. Write about something in the news, something that the … Continue reading

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Dad’s Chapeaus

Written for: Miz Quickly – Day 25 “If you have a minute or three, write four lines. Include a hat.” Dad’s collection of hats: Captain’s hat in summer – no boat involved Winter wool caps – barely creeping over the … Continue reading

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Merits

Written for: Miz Quickly – Day 24 – “Merit” When I first met my husband, he smoked four packs of Merits a day. Rationalization was that lowered tar and nicotine would merit him allowance of extras. After a short time, … Continue reading

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Well, Colors Are a Personal Choice

Written for: November 2021 PAD – Day 26 “Write a Well (Blank) poem.” I know you love navy, which makes me think of waves of suits– Wall Street types in cahoots. I would fancy some boots, purple– plum color, nothing … Continue reading

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Thanksgivings Past

Written for: November 2021 PAD – Day 25 “Write a thankful poem. Mom orchestrated Thanksgiving for years. One year, I recall a long, rectangular table filling the living room, covered in white cloth. This gathering was larger, with the inclusion … Continue reading

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Goodies of the Past

Written for: November 2021 PAD – Day 24 “Write a response poem.” Blue bottles were labeled Good Health bubbles of wealth White glass bottles were filled with milk never spilt Our best delivery was cake already baked We loved our … Continue reading

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Entranced

Written for: Miz Quickly – Day 23 – Desire Eyes of burning coal hold you captive. Cannot move your gaze. Fevered flush moves downward from face and neck. Skin prickles, willpower melts. Is it lust? Is it desire? Does not … Continue reading

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Out of Touch

Written for: November 2021 PAD – Day 23 “Write an Unplug and/or Plug In poem. silence serene space unplugged from sound no words bombarding you peace https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-poetry/2021-november-pad-chapbook-challenge-day-23

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