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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.

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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Still Just Me

Written for: Friday Writings #45: War and Peace “Share your musings on war and/or peace, whether literal or symbolic.” Always fought with Mom from a child to adult. So many impulsive moves to lose who I was, become someone else. … Continue reading

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A Campsite Too Far

Written for: Sunday Muse #229 I think I’m going to throw up! I told you I have to pee. You need to find a rest stop NOW! Mom, Sally’s picking her nose again. Am not! Jeez, whose idea was it … Continue reading

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Written for: dVerse Poets Pub-MTB: Two by Two (posted by Laura Bloomsbury) “And so for today’s poetry prompt it’s all about couples, twos, in other words couplets!” 1. The Cote – a poem of uneven couplets attributed to John Schroeder. … Continue reading

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A Spicy Love

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics: Spicing it Up (posted by Merril) “On dVerse live last week, we were talking about magnetic poetry, and so today I’m going to give you a list of words. Only instead of all … Continue reading

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“a bright shadow”

Written for: The Twiglets #297 – a bright shadow As the steely shadows slid upwards, a bright rainbow filled the sky. On a night wall, shadowy figures slipped through, leaving in their wake bright halo of an angel. autumn tree … Continue reading

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Punch-alated

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub, Quadrille #160: Poem that pack a punch (posted by whimsygizmo) “In case you can’t tell, today I’m feeling a little punchy. I’m after the perfect poetic punchline. So grab your word punching bag and get … Continue reading

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Aromatics

Written for: Poetic Bloommings2 – Prompt #404 The Fall of Autumn “Your poem will present the essence of autumn, full of descriptive language and imagery. Replete with the colorful sights and aromas. However, your poem will NOT contain the words … Continue reading

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Duality

Written for: The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #570 Words: eyes, rattle, word, time, longer, pills, search, know, game, normal, box, sweet What’s your game? I would love to know. You eyes search my face, your sweetness charms me, disarms me. As … Continue reading

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