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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.

Breath

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – InForm Poet:  Dizain I cannot breathe inside this mask nor get my fingers to fit the glove, but I must do what has been asked. We need to protect the ones we love, and those … Continue reading

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Expectations

Written for:  Go Dog Go Café – Tuesday Writing Prompt “Write a poem that begins and ends with the same word.” How can we bear the changes life has hurled at us? Memorize imperfections on a wall until we no … Continue reading

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“a vacant nest”

Written for:  The Twiglets #177 – “a vacant nest” So glad to see a vacant nest hornets gone A vacant nest is so much sadder than a vacant lot. nest is bare now I watch from kitchen window fledglings fend … Continue reading

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Chicken and Gossip

Written for dVerse Poets Pub – Quadrille #104:  “Oh, We’re in a Fix” (posted by whimsygizmo). “Today, I want you to fix your thoughts (and poems) on the word fix. Whether you fixate on the word awhile, or go for … Continue reading

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In My Mind’s Eye

Written for:  Sunday Muse #108 “Hello Muse people! Here is your weekly image to inspire your writing. Look, mull, write, link,visit! The image is the Aztec Theater in downtown San Antonio, Texas. Once a grand movie palace with full faux … Continue reading

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On The Ferry

Written for:  Sunday Whirl, Wordle #456 Words:  dance, distance, liberty, breathe, loser, meet, shy, droplets, ignorant, see, die, kill In the distance, Statue of Liberty breathes in aromas of New York City and doesn’t die. Droplets of rain ping on … Continue reading

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Small Stuff

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – Prompt #290 – “Small Isn’t Small After All” Write about little things that have a big impact. Hugs are temporarily forbidden, but smiles are nice to see.  A pollinating bee, busy at work. Scent of … Continue reading

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Two Shadows

Written for:  Poetics Aside Prompt #522 – Write a moon poem. Moonlight mobilizes two shadows dancing to their own music. https://www.writersdigest.com/author/robert-lee-brewer

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The Race

Written for:  Poetics Aside #521 – Write a half-way poem. Rivulets of sweat slick her face. Heart races, feet pumping. She sprints past the half-way mark hell-bent to finish. https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-poetry/wednesday-poetry-prompts-521

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Free Speaking Fir

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – For Your Consideration:  Seeing The Forest “YOU ARE THE LAST TREE STANDING IN THE FOREST. WRITE YOUR POEM FROM THIS VIEWPOINT!” Was it something I said? Must be a trick, and I am the one … Continue reading

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