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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.

“moonlit night”

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1681 Troiku Month (10) Moonlit Night by Masaoka Shiki “Today I have chosen a haiku by Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902). Shiki was the poet who gave haiku its name and he brought haiku into the 20th century. … Continue reading

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Berries and Bees

Written for:  Wednesday Muse #13  (posted by Toni) – “Berries” “Write about a memory you have about berries, picking them, eating them, strawberry shortcake, blackberry cobbler, berry ice cream. The choice is yours as is the poetic form.” Swinging our … Continue reading

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Hanging Gardens of Babylon

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Gardens  (posted by Susan) “How does your garden grow?” ~ is a line from a nursery rhyme, and it is today’s challenge. Your garden can be vegetables or flowers or herbs or mythic or futuristic … Continue reading

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Taste of Summer

Written for:  Poetic Asides #485 “Write a summer poem.” My skin sweats salt in summertime. Ocean cools leaving salt scent there. A season to sip chilled white wine. My skin sweats salt in summertime. I feel sensuous and sublime. With … Continue reading

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spiderweb

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1679 Troiku Month (8) spiderweb “Today I have a modern haiku for you created by Calvin Olson in 2016. It’s a nice haiku to work with I think.” Spiderweb anchored To a tree, a bush, the … Continue reading

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Alice and Violet

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics:  “Meet Jackie Hurlbert”  (posted by charmed chaos) “I first discovered Jacquline Hurlbert’s arresting art when we were on a cruise in 2005. On our way to Victoria, Canada one of the stops was … Continue reading

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Worrying At The Window

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille #82   (posted by Kim) “Fretboard of Poetry” The word ‘fret’ has its origins in Old English fretan meaning to ‘devour or consume’ and is related to the Dutch vreten and German fressen. Its … Continue reading

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“lightning and Toads”

Written for:  The Twiglets  #131 – “lightning and toads” Do toad keep their chins up when hearing lightning, or are they frightened, dashing away to a safe spot, suspending all song until the storm passes. Lightning brings out the toad in … Continue reading

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Enticements

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – Prompt #252 – “Coming and Going” “If this prompt makes you unsure whether you’re coming or going, write one of each. Write a “coming” poem. Write a “going” poem. Or give a voice to your … Continue reading

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Soundless in Sadness

Written for:  Sunday Whirl, Wordle #408 Words:  cut, stars, water, dogwood, quiver, granite, earth, pill, rough, bell, dearth, garland This poem is a bell that no longer rings. Dogwoods shiver-quiver as they are roughly ripped from the earth where a … Continue reading

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