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  • Banana Blossom - ripened bract unfolds her music, line and textures dance inflorescence © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Impression
  • Collaboration - layers of rain, greened spent leaves over damp soil (earth’s) collaboration © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Collaboration
  • Unmoored - adrift in the wash bucket he climbed my arm unmoored © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Adrift and Unmoored
  • Qualm - oh there once was a girl called Miss Vine who could hang like a thread from a power-line she hung there avariciously gobbling free electricity until someone pulled the wool from the twine © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Qualm and Descend
  • Jackfruit - every market corner stained with your pungent odour ma’am! you not like this? © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Notorious  
  • Wretched Heritage - i am living a tradition my eyes pieces of tin, metal scraps for hands feet (torn nails) just look at my toes! but don’t get too close you don’t want to see all i’ve got © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: Heritage
  • Dogwood Original Photo Challenge (Week 9) - WEEK 9: Artistic (Shadows) The opposite of light is dark, the absence of light is shadow. Interpret this into a masterpiece. The Dogwood Photo Challenge The Dogwood Photo Challenge is a series of weekly assignments responding to a theme or technique. Participants are encouraged to share their work as displaying your work is an important part […]
  • Little Wizard - you replay crouching behind a tricycle and surprising me with your collected “love potion” swirling leaves and flowers and petals “you will fall in love tita mel!” you shouted showering me in your wish. then once more for you. © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine
  • Early - light passing torn clouds palm leaf rags tattered hut poverty a man into rice fields out the window of the bus © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Photo Challenge: Reflecting
  • Night Sounds, a poem by Melinda J. Irvine After Dark - night sounds dogs, Dogs, DOGS fiesta’s steady THUMP Thump thump © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine
  • Mickey Mouse and the Baby Chickens - Originally posted on My Adopted Kid:
    I’ve known Jerry for almost two years now and wanted to share a little of his developing empathy, compassion and self-awareness through some stories about his engagement with animals and pets. It’s very encouraging. The Death of the Finches A couple of days after Jerry first came to live…
  • Endearing Moments of Hospitality - One thing I really love about Philippine culture is their commitment to hospitality and helping strangers. Here’s a recent example (about 30 minutes ago in fact). Expecting to buy drinking water from my usual small store, I scramble out of a tricycle carrying two empty water containers but the shop is closed. From nowhere a man appears […]
  • My First Mother’s Day - Originally posted on My Adopted Kid:
    Today I celebrated my first real Mother’s Day. I really felt like a mum. I didn’t mention anything to Jerry about Mother’s Day (actually I had completely forgotten), but this morning while I was typing a poem on the blog, he suddenly ran up to me shouting “Happy Mother’s Day Tita…
  • Final by Melinda J. Irvine Final - There is a courage in final the last stroke the brush lain; there is a courage at final the full stop the send. There is a courage in final the last line the light turned the calling and ending the leaving you gone. © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Final
  • Fish in the market co-operative of Estancia, Philippines. Pursue - fresh fish shine under market light a living © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Pursue
  • Beside the Fancy Shopping Mall - twisting bamboo maze rickety walkway stumbles sodden, someone’s house © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Maze
  • Pieces of Pink - random memories fairy floss, flowers, kids, poo all my year in pink © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Pink
  • And then, suddenly, her dream changed - © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Better I was in a dark depression when I wrote this découpé poem back in 2014: it felt nice to edit it today and make it a little bit better. At the time I didn’t feel any sense of hope, and it wasn’t written as a celebration of a new […]
  • Dogwood Original Photo Challenge (Week 8) - WEEK 8: Landscape (Wide Angle/Panorama) This is a great opportunity to explore panorama stitching and create a wide sweeping landscape. The Dogwood Photo Challenge The Dogwood Photo Challenge is a series of weekly assignments responding to a theme or technique. Participants are encouraged to share their work as displaying your work is an important part […]
  • Ephemeral - summer tides fall little friends an island weekend © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Temporary
  • A Simple Island Life - Each morning begins before the sun appears over the cliff raining daylight along the leeward living below our 21st century sun. Monkeys grab at fruit scraps (sometime pets) a few chickens and fecund dogs wander a small shore. Children squeal to the high tide where fathers disappear aft along the rough netted and roped they […]
  • “was accidentally bumped to a coconut tree … due to slippery wet road” - you are dead and i am dying left behind embittered lying static stationed tombed abyss lifeless life reduced to this you are dead and i am lying heart unlit as you lay dying wretched anger’s silent hiss twisted wreck it’s all there is © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Bitter I started writing this […]
  • Exposed - children rock mid-summer playtime © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Exposed
  • Panicked - hearts in our bellies baby jyn swallows a coin emergency OP © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Panicked PS: Stopping by the house after the operation (below) baby Jyn doesn’t show any signs of being rushed to the city hospital, general anaesthetic or being pried apart to remove a coin. PSS: Big thanks to my […]
  • Seaward - toward home engine sounds none © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: None
  • The Old Apprentice - an old apprentice gathered now experience waning the noon tide © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Apprentice
  • Fire! Fire! - silver cooling dawn distant shapes men, haul anchor at once, all away tropical island though winter does not pass here poverty is cold closing light showers covered in February rains disappear fire siren wailing bells thick fear rise rise look Look LOOK silent blacked-out prayers trapped behind steel grill flames spew heat and smoking crowds […]
  • April Tides - February blew long low tide on the concrete constructed April © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine
  • Artivism Iloilo City - Wandering the streets of Iloilo City last month I was privileged to witness Artivisim:  a curated street art performance and collaboration sponsored by the British  Council. Artivism is a portmanteau from the words “art” and “activism” and seeks to raise awareness of social issues through art and to utilize social media as a platform for social impact. […]
  • Amphigory or Alethiology? - there once was a girl who climbed up to the moon she shone and she shone like a big awkward spoon she spun and she spun like a polka-dashed tune til she jumped and she jumped (smashed her time into noon) © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine
  • However bird songs are heard - like bold ink scratchings haiku ancestors, unknown bird songs are yet heard Audax scratchings quasi atramento Haiku et maiorum suorum ignotum carmina sunt avem tamen audisti Scratchings as bold ink Haiku Poetry and those of their own ancestors are pardoned However, bird songs are heard © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine
  • Morning Shadows - morning found herself beyond iron grating, fenced among the shadows © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine
  • Morning Begins - blue morning begins looking for tiny bird sounds windless palm fronds sway © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine
  • The City at Night - we found a night-lit spooky house pictured ourselves in a forgotten city beyond the street © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine
  • Leaving the Temple - wreathed boy spoke limestone or held bird © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Photo: Limestone statuette of a boy with a wreath of leaves
  • Frog on a Straw Hat - little frog sitting long wooden centuries this me writing poems © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Photo: Netsuke of Frog on a Straw Hat I haven’t written a poem or been out photographing for weeks, so it was a delight to read that the Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced that more than 375,000 images found in […]
  • A Beginning - each thing has a core a tiny centre somewhere to begin and bind © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: A Good Match
  • Hands - shadowing me, hands speaking me, take a green line standing me, black sun © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadow
  • Dogwood Original Photo Challenge (Week 7) - WEEK 7: Portrait (Faceless) Tell someone’s story without showing their face.. The Dogwood Photo Challenge The Dogwood Photo Challenge is a series of weekly assignments responding to a theme or technique. Participants are encouraged to share their work as displaying your work is an important part of growing as a photographer. Unlike most photography challenges which […]
  • Showing Off Her Nails - manicured sky blue dainty arms and sleeves to match but will she float boys? © 2017 Melinda Irvine
  • February Winds - mountains cannot hear singing children scattered south February winds © 2017 Melinda Irvine
  • Solitude - © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude
  • Heard - through the sounds of dogs banana leaves sway roof tips men haul up fish nets © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Heard
  • This is where the alt-tag goes! The Tremble of Drums - dinagyang parade warriors dance for maidens the tremble of drums © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Tremble
  • Dogwood Original Photo Challenge (Week 6) - WEEK 6: Artistic (Candy) Your artistic interpretation this week should be inspired by something sweet. A great chance to play with macro photography. The Dogwood Photo Challenge The Dogwood Photo Challenge is a series of weekly assignments responding to a theme or technique. Participants are encouraged to share their work as displaying your work is […]
  • Lovingly - ‘Ghosts cannot remember their sons,’ said he. ‘But mother’s cannot forget their love’ said me. © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Lovingly
  • A Recognised Craft - long since a palm tree weaved tight, neatly stitched by hands above now below © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Craft and Recognize
  • Overwhelmed - tiny bamboo barque thick winds squall her man and net islands vanish aft © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Overwhelming
  • Dogwood Original Photo Challenge (Week 5) - WEEK 5: Landscape: Black and White Look for a scene with great contrast that will make a great black and white. The Dogwood Photo Challenge The Dogwood Photo Challenge is a series of weekly assignments responding to a theme or technique. Participants are encouraged to share their work as displaying your work is an important […]
  • Repurposed, Reused, Recycled - One thing that delights me about the Philippines is it’s dedication to repurposing, recycling and reusing everything. Filipinos are the most industrious people I have yet met when it comes to knocking something useful together at a pinch and for a penny. I only had to walk out my front door to grab a few […]