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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.

The Movies

Written for: Poets and Storytellers Weekly Scribblings #51 – Looking Back and Writing Forward (posted by Magaly) I chose Weekly Scribblings #9 – Contagion movie goer’s smiles sharing a tub of popcorn contagious laughter https://poetsandstorytellersunited.blogspot.com/

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When Our Fears Subside

When can we take our first baby steps in this upside-down world, empty streets. We may feel exposed with no mask to protect new tentative smiles, clarity of speech. Our hugs will surely bring forth tears of joy, lips will … Continue reading

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“a long silence”

Written for: The Twiglets #208 – “a long silence” If you confess love to someone and are met with a long silence, walk away. Just as monks may take a vow of silence, others take a vow of unending babble. … Continue reading

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clear air

Written for: Carpe Diem #1842 End Of Year “In classical Japan (following the Lunar calendar) there was a fifth season ”New Year”, and this season was from approximately 20 December ’til 20 January.” after New Year’s Eve life hasn’t changed … Continue reading

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Turning Corner

Written for: Poetic Bloomings2 #319 – “It’s A Launch” “We’re heading in the right direction starting today. Some will say nothing has changed except the calendar year, but that’s a matter of attitude and perspective. Let’s take a positive step … Continue reading

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stooped flowers

Written for: Carpe Diem’s TANKA SPLENDOR 2020-1: VERNAL EQUINOX “Here at Tanka Splendor I hope to inspire you to create an all new Tanka inspired on a given Tanka. This week I have chosen a Tanka themed “New Beginnings” and … Continue reading

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sister haiku

two sisters laugh recalling Dad’s old expressions on a couch New Year’s Eve

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Backyard Snooze

Written for: Sunday Whirl #489 Words: check, dry, sleeping, haze, spine, silence, risk, bank, when, yard, metal, head He sleeps in silence, spine curved under a hazy sun. His head rests on a peacock blue backyard pillow. Far in the … Continue reading

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The Transformation

Written for: The Sunday Muse #141 Ah! The transformation begins. Steel woman molts as iron armor takes root in head and neck. Soon time travel will commence. Each prong represents an era. No one will jeer at her now. Ah! … Continue reading

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Ahead to 2021

Written for: Sunday Muse #140 (posted by Chrissa) Edge of a new year – exploring the pauses No resolutions only solutions. Vaccine for pandemic relief, new President. Hoping fear recedes, jobs meet needs. No person hungry or homeless, endless mercy. … Continue reading

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