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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.

Steeped in Greed

Written for: Go Dog Go Cafe, Donna Matthews challenge: A Rondeau “The rondeau has a refrain and rhymes–two elements of many French poems. The traditional rondeau is a poem consisting of 3 stanzas, 13 original lines, and 2 refrains (of … Continue reading

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“a wooden puppet”

Written for: The Twiglets #237 – “a wooden puppet” On the dance floor he resembled a wooden puppet. Children’s mouths gaped open, as the wooden puppet’s nose began to grow. little boy sketching his pencil draws sharp angles a wooden … Continue reading

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Stream Dreaming

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille Monday #132 Your poem theme: Stream posted by (whimsygizmo) First, a quote: In your dream-scheme of things a stream may appear. Listen for water’s sound as it flows over stones. A streamlet has … Continue reading

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Who Wins The Game Of Give And Take?

Written for: Poetic Bloomings2, Prompt #344 Neither a Borrower Nor Lender Be “We are borrowing and lending. In any machination of these terms, write your poem. We’re looking at a borrow poem, or a lend poem.” If I could borrow … Continue reading

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The Magician

Written for: The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #511 Words: legendary, sky, ring, rekindle, spontaneous, heats, sparks, rising, future, magic, dress, far The legendary magician was the darling of audiences, far from where his star began to rise. Wearing several rings that … Continue reading

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Tattered, But Safe

Written for: Sunday Muse #170 I am torn and tattered because I never truly mattered to little Susie. Devil was in that child. Even her parents were wary of her. She burned me, drew symbols on my face, and left … Continue reading

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Tea and Cupcakes

Written for: Poets and Storytellers (posted by Rommy) Merriam-Webster defines a way station as 1: a station set between principal stations on a line of travel (such as a railroad) 2: an intermediate stopping place. “Use the idea of a … Continue reading

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Absentee Muse

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics: Who’s Your Muse? (posted by Ingrid) “The Muse is part of the Classical Tradition in poetry, which dates back over 2000 years to the poetry of Homer and Hesiod in Ancient Greece. This … Continue reading

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Regarding Cruelty

Written for: Go Dog Go Cafe – Tuesday Writing Prompt (posted by Devereaux and Beth) “Write a rhyming poem of 4-12 lines using A/B pattern.” Regarding cruel people, I cannot fathom what joy they get from being critical. Do they … Continue reading

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“the last word”

Written for: The Twiglets #236 – “the last word” Once we had a Bassett hound, low to the ground with stubborn, steadfast paws. Whenever he passed another dog, both would bark at each other, but, Walter always had to have … Continue reading

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