Poetry

Writing poetry is one of my great loves. I am continually experimenting and expanding my poems by using multimedia by including images, video and audio.

Recent Poems

Haiku Poems
Photo Essays
Free Verse Poems
Prose Poems
Shaped Verse Poems
Verse Poems
  • collecting water by Melinda J. Irvine More than a Moment (8/21/2017) - though he smiles for me the hand on the water pump stuck, in his eternity © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Jiffy and Trance I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • New Horizon (12/11/2016) - “I will come back here, new horizons, wildflowers and rest call me.” As I promise to my cousin I do wonder though … … will I come back here? © 2016 Melinda Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: New Horizon
  • Not Tonight Dear (1/7/2017) - Lady gone to sea (her mimsy flanks all about). She won’t float tonight. © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Float
  • Where Are You Going? (12/15/2016) - Into the same place maybe: through different ways, footsteps and paths. © Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Conundrum
  • Heard (2/9/2017) - through the sounds of dogs banana leaves sway roof tips men haul up fish nets © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Heard
  • above the ocean textures Above the Ocean (10/24/2018) - cape. fronded textures
  • wheelbarrow garden Cloaked Wheelbarrow (10/18/2017) - grass climbs old black wheel two handles rusted, never again held but hold you, little garden © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Cloaked I’m part of Post A Day 2017 Location: Nambucca Heads (Australia)
  • in the fish market Buying Fish (6/27/2017) - dodging rain tubs filled with last night my morning begins along mud splatters and shouts of ‘Ma’am! “You buy? Ma’am, you buy!” my green rubber thongs step around two tiny girls in freshly checked uniforms and bits of sun shine…
  • Inside a Tree (8/22/2016) - i wish i could give you the beauty of this tree how (even in all this) rusted bars dirty glass framed with grime and plastic tubes roaring air-con dust clad window noise little pieces of wire strung bits of stuff…
  • It’s Only Me (12/20/2016) - Old red dog relax, though your eyes may not see, your ears still find your name. © 2016 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Relax
  • The Last of the Day (12/29/2016) - her sun’s loud presence harried by the horizon. the last of the day © 2016 Melinda Irvine Daily Post: Pillage
  • Renewal (12/30/2016) - as a tree grows old nature finds her own sublime ornamentation © 2016 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Renewal
  • Echo (12/3/2016) - Sound travels differently under the water. The familiar becoming noise, or the nothing become sound. Under the water each breath becomes a bubble, strangely reverberating I am an echo. © 2016 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Echo I shot this video at…
  • In a Natural World (11/10/2016) - when things seem crazy stillness and simplicity will allow silence © 2016 Melinda Irvine This is my contribution to the Blogging-U course Photography: Developing your Eye II (Day 4 Natural World). The featured image was also published on the ABC Open…
  • Dodgy but Delicious Street Food (1/26/2017) - Devestation. Missed. No daily prompt poetry yesterday. So sick. © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Devastation
  • Jerry reaching for fruit on the tree Endless Energy (6/22/2017) - Jerry my little loop-de-loop from sun to gone, it sleeps but it never stops © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Loop I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • Finding Your Way Back (3/18/2016) - when the pathway blurs, and i can’t find my way back, do i close my eyes? © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • The Fishing Port at Night (12/19/2015) - not me! you said the port, all the fishing port tonight. the twilight in your favourite place not me! you said. last light on the fishing port how could we know? that night, was the last night light to shine on…
  • Checkmate (12/28/2016) - A Grandfather sends his Grandson off to bed. No ovation tonight. © 2016 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Ovation PS: for all you chess enthusiasts out there, I caught them mid-post mortem so my photos don’t capture Grandfather’s crafty final moves.
  • April Tides (4/30/2017) - February blew long low tide on the concrete constructed April © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine
  • Sand (6/30/2016) - lines circles swirls space © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • Real Market (10/31/2017) - weaved by hands hanging, basket & bauble beautiful © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Fluff Weekly Photo Challenge: Rounded I’m part of Post A Day 2017 Location: Iloilo City (Philipppines)
  • black and white silhouette of a girl walking Hidden (7/28/2017) - soft shines the sun her mid-morning light through the beauty of the young jealous hidden night © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Hidden I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • River and mangroves River and Light (7/16/2016) - last afternoon light mirrors her river — sudden bird songs to quiet © 2016 Melinda Irvine This poem appears in Paperbark Wetlands, an eBook filled with multi-media poetry.
  • spinning top2 Spinning (1/31/2019) - shrieks of excitement birthday wrappers all torn spinning toys spin — for hours
  • Nostalgia (10/19/2016) - nostalgia sits inside two pot plants and home mother’s gardened hands © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • Trace (6/7/2017) - as he writes I ask “Ano ini?” … Man-og! [snake] © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Trace I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • under a new window Under a New Window (4/24/2018) - there’s a place I sit where only tree tips are seen and the new window © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Vague I’m part of Post A Day 2018 Location: La Paz, Iloilo City (Philipppines) My friend Jane Dudley…
  • One Sunset (1/14/2017) - She warms us, lights us. Of more is she capable, our centre, our sun. © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Capable
  • stamen of a red hibiscus flower Dividing Lines (6/11/2017) - heavy concrete wall dissects mine from neighbour’s mine except a red hibiscus © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Farce I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • crack in the boat Another Life (11/11/2018) - Squinting. Another life through the cracks.
  • pair of eyes painted onto a corrugated iron and bamboo shack Street Paint Eyes (6/11/2017) - street paint eyes broken bamboo bits hang like teeth © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Buff I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • Layers of a Tree (1/9/2017) - Infinite layers of years, of bark, of living. Yet he can be told. © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Infinite
  • lychee Symphony (8/11/2017) - symphony in the market each new table a leisurely andante © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Symphony and Amble I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • Her Own Shadow (9/8/2019) - What days are these? Where you can only be found — inside your own shadow.
  • Rice On the Road (8/30/2016) - We walk along wet roadside picturing the new sunlight on rice farms, fathers and hardwork. Barefeet turn drying rice as trucks beep confused alarm at the white woman and small brown boy out in unsheltered heat. Flood water rushes through our…
  • Bliss (9/3/2016) - dreaming hot water … and four bus hours to the city seem seconds. © 2016 Melinda Irvine Running water is something I never really thought much about. I think about it a lot now and today I would like to…
  • It’s been a long time since my hands have held my little sister (9/3/2014) - my finger tips are dry but feel well against my cracked lips today they have silenced a whisper parted barbed wire picked wattle and broken a fall cut words from a book older than my mother held a cup of…