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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.

Music and Murder

Written for: Friday Writings #61: Such Inspiring Titles “I’m always curious about what other people are reading. So, for today’s optional prompt—which I am not using to fatten my to-be-read pile, really—I invite you to write poetry or prose inspired … Continue reading

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Stopping to Think

Written for: Poetic Asides #640 “Write a pursuit poem.” It is always out of reach. Thinking things through before acting impulsively. You would think, after so many disastrous decisions, I would learn. Burn your bridges, and keep looking for the … Continue reading

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Grandma Jenny

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics: Grandmothers . . . (posted by sarahsouthwest) ” . . . write about grannies. Those older women who support us and nurture us. The women who perhaps spoil us a little, but reserve … Continue reading

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“the weight of water”

Written for: The Twiglets #309 – the weight of water You cannot measure the weight of my tears. Floating in the pool, weightless she watches stillness of blue-black glass curtain of lake water A man lifting weights at poolside showed … Continue reading

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A Crush on Cherry

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille #168 – Ice (posted by Mish) Going to the movies as a child was a treat. Cartoons, double feature, and those soda machines that spewed forth crushed ice. Nothing like those clunky cubes. … Continue reading

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At The Clinic

Written for: Poetic Bloomings2 #422: That Said . . . “Words said to children may be healing, or harmful. Inspiring or spirit-squelching. Today, we have three options to inspire our poems: 1. A memory of something said to you when … Continue reading

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Bridge Lockdown

Written for: The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #589 Words: disrupt, hunt, watch, cut, lockdown, glass, flesh, craft, danger, gathering, challenge, murder Traffic was murder. A lockdown gathering of autos made more of a challenge for drivers stuck on the top ramp … Continue reading

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A Dream Out of Reach

Written for: The Sunday Muse #243 Only the moon would do. She stretched her star-filled blue-heavens dress, blotting out all the world happening below. She’d show them. First to capture moonlight. And so, life went on all around her glittering … Continue reading

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Dark Visitor on Gloomy Night

Written for: Friday Writings #60 “My (optional) prompt for you this week is ‘the visitor’ – whatever that may suggest to you.” “Nevermore” Not much of a conversation between man, and raven resting on a windowsill. Still, he was a … Continue reading

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Winter Gloom

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics: The Blizzard of the Self (posted by Sanaa) “For Today’s Poetics, I want you to become the embodiment of winter. Tell us what you feel during this season. Describe a typical day in … Continue reading

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