heritage house from Hartley, NSW

You Do Not Burn

When everyone
ran, you remained
the grim landscape

the same colour
as your dress
and quiet genius

as bushfires licked
your garters
you laughed

that same laugh
for decades. Old years
pass and turn

though just your
slip remains
you do not burn.

heritage house from Hartley, NSW

© 2017 Melinda J. Irvine


  • This is my response to the Blogging University course Writing: Intro to Poetry (Day 9 Landscape)
  • Daily Prompt: Genius
  • I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • Location: Historic Township of Hartley (Australia)

Written by Melinda J. Irvine

Melinda J. Irvine is a freelance writer, poet, and blogger — writing slick sales copy for clients from all over the world. And blogging poetry. In her spare time, Mel is busy building (and writing) a free online learning centre for the marginalised kids of Estancia, Philippines.

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