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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.

A Countdown To Easing Grief

Written for: Poetic Bloomings2 – Prompt #385 The Final Countdown “Write of the anticipated something in your life in a countdown to that momentous occasion. That’s the theme, but you can word it however you wish to convey your thoughts. … Continue reading

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The Experiment

Written for: The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #552 Words: physics, bar, dirt, fools, sometimes, clod, never, alchemy, drunk, snack, gold, silver His experiments with physics for creating a super-antibiotic which would raise the bar in treatments, left the alchemist little spare … Continue reading

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This Poem Is A Nest

Written for: Sunday Muse #209 “Go with the image that moves your muse.” This poem is a nest. Not for a robin, sparrow, or chickadee. This nest is for me. Here is safety, warmth, silence. This poem is a nest … Continue reading

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Holder of Dreams

Written for: Friday Writings #25 – Let’s Rewrite (posted by Magaly) “I would like you to take a poem or story you wrote many years ago (preferably, one that wasn’t exactly awesome), and rewrite it. Please post both the original … Continue reading

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Hair

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – MTB: Crowning Crapsey (posted by Laura Bloomsbury) Today, the 5th surely invokes the five-line stanza style of poetry or cinquain. The American cinquain developed by Adelaide Crapsey of 22 syllables in 5 rhymeless lines … Continue reading

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Two Stages of Grief

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics: Small Change or Big Bucks (posted by msjadeli) “Good Tuesday, d’Versians! It’s Lisa, with Poetics. I know Spring is a time for new life, the end of a long winter, and hope is … Continue reading

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“the wind rattles”

Written for: The Twiglets #277 – the wind rattles Rain rattles old window panes in wooden frames Out in the desert wind storms whirl. Scent of smoke leaves people rattled. brisk april wind rattles branches of cherry trees petals fall … Continue reading

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Chameleon

Written for: Go Dog Go Cafe – Tuesday Writing Prompt “Use the words ghoul, blood, and infant in a piece of writing.” His appearance is that of an infant–sweet face, bouncy curls. When darkness sets in, his true self within … Continue reading

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Statues

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille #151 – static (posted by Mish) “As an adjective, the word “static” offers you… “a lack of movement, animation, or progression” “showing little change” “producing an effect of repose or quiescence” “standing or … Continue reading

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Not For Me

Written for: Poetic Bloomings2 – Prompt #384 – Instant Millionaire “What would you do with an unexpected million dollars?” I never buy tickets for lottery. If I won I’d be a nervous wreck. With thousands of animal charities, I never … Continue reading

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