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
  • Fiesta at the Plaza Molo (8/3/2015) - fiesta Molo’s finished the rides are stacked away children’s laughter silent dirt and mud are all remains. did they make a little ‘kwarta’? tomorrow, holds the promise of escape and though they’ll wake up somewhere different their lives are still the same. © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • hibiscus stamen Brassy (6/5/2017) - upright all the day sun-burned pink and pale, orange hibiscus flower © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Brassy I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • And then, suddenly, her dream changed (5/11/2017) - © 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 […]
  • full moon shining over an alley and barbed wire The Moon’s Final Polish (6/8/2017) - squatting over a mud puddle catch the moon © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Polish I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • Click here to permanently delete your account (11/12/2015) - Feeling strangely like cyanide The killing of my digital self I am afraid So bold hours ago I made lists So I would do it properly Not miss a thing Kill everything Insecticide myself Yet here I am I am still here Here and here Both of us Still here Corporeal Digitised Is it murder? […]
  • She Was Light (12/21/2016) - I saw a happiness in her, a change in fortune. Tiny pieces radiating colour from inside. And she again heard bird sounds and saw midday sunshine above trees. She felt something and believed again, she was light. © 2016 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Fortune
  • Lemon Tree Flats (3/28/2015) - driving to the lemon tree flats i am a passenger for the first time in months (maybe longer) laughing more than my body can remember i sit in back while we stop for lizards lizards with beards and long tails (tails longer than our stories) sit inside shared binoculars. gravel dust already dry road covers […]
  • ants on a pandanus seed The House of Ants (5/4/2018) - I met a man today on a wooden ferry boat and between the two islands he told me a story. His story, of two boys once seven and once nine when their mother who died. Unable to make a sound (their torn faces, tears contained yet completely silent) the smallest boy fell completely unconscious to […]
  • Vanish (12/7/2016) - I can vanish the moon. Oh, it’s so easy to delete moons, sand spinifex grass and old memories. Keeping stuff is much harder. © Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Vanish
  • A study in blue (8/6/2016) - blue is the colour of oceans of boats, both broken and new it’s the colour of sky in the daylight and also gives twilight its hue. blue brings relief from the heat colouring the afternoon rain pouring sweet blue on my shoulders and a day filled with colours again. © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • Ignoring Safety Advice (10/4/2016) - in the beginning i remember thinking … i will never ever board one of those dodgy carnival rides circling fiestas their steel support posts levelled out on rocks and pieces of concrete rubble. but yeh, i did. and yeh, i do. you change your perspective ignoring safety advice you allow yourself to become, to be part […]
  • Is this what’s really killing our planet? (8/24/2015) - Electricity. How can something beautiful be the one to blame? © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • No. (12/14/2016) - Her bespoke lie is all she’s lived; 5 star girl only Yes, never … © Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Bespoke
  • 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
  • Curtains of the Old House (12/12/2016) - Curtains take many forms. Mystical screens weave twelve decades of secrets. © Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Mystical
  • metal tricycle frame No Passenger (7/3/2017) - all the day she waits as afternoons roar with no passenger © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Passenger I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • footprints by Melinda J. Irvine Creature (2/10/2018) - seeing someone’s feet in the city sludge, I fall © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Creature I’m part of Post A Day 2018 Location: Iloilo City (Philippines)
  • The Last of the Wattle (7/6/2017) - below eucalypts butcherbird plucks out a hymn bush cemetery the wattle lingered late that August year you left winter’s long goodnight © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Pluck I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • Ocean Mosaic (1/16/2017) - Ocean’s bright lighting each swell and surge captured, art. Blue and exquisite. © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Exquisite
  • 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 Wolf Rock off Rainbow Beach (Queensland) Australia in 2007. Wolf Rock is enclosed by a […]
  • purple and green leaves (1) Falling (1/8/2018) - down a rabbit hole fell i fleeing and falling left behind the blues of trees the grey of sky down the rabbit hole fell i down the rabbit hole fled i seething and calling the world behind a funnel of trees without leaves, or sky down the rabbit hole fled i © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine […]
  • Wandering and Waiting (7/22/2016) - post happy hour nostalgia. wandering a twilight pathway. remembering my australianness. wondering and waiting to fly. © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • Gone (1/4/2017) - Linen stripped and washed (my friends will still be driving). Soon I’ll be gone too © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Gone
  • rainbow of tshirts Three Sodden Weeks (1/21/2018) - (passing) green stretched rice fields the tiny hut twinned rainbow of T-shirts © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Horizon I’m part of Post A Day 2018 Location: San Dionisio, Iloilo (Philipppines) Riding the bus through the first full day of sunlight in weeks inspired this little haiku poem. I wish I’d asked the driver to […]
  • BBQ sea snake sticks Sea Snake Snack (7/2/2017) - curious me I kinda wish I’d eaten one mmm kind of © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Snack Weekly Photo Challenge: Transient I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • lady with flowers Lady with Orange Flowers (11/2/2017) - paying 10 pesos for photographs and a peek into her life Day of the Dead floral tributes hand woven (her own hands) into little bamboo baskets the hands of the poor in every bunch. © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Mystery and Orange Weekly Photo Challenge: Peek I’m part of Post A Day 2017 Location: […]
  • the public market (6/1/2016) - hanging resting smoking standing waiting © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • white flowers A Stranger (7/8/2017) - “Jerry!” I called loudly, a fist filled with branches a cell phone camera in the other, awkward under the mass of white flowers trying for a picture. But it was a stranger who turned around walked back smiling and held the branch still. © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Tether I’m part of Post […]
  • jeep and city street Should I be … (7/7/2018) - magnifying bits and pieces of something not mine? When you bring your life into the street, is it still yours?
  • The Bannockburn Cemetery (8/31/2014) - i think you can lay me away into the Bannockburn Cemetery i think i would rest free there with my grandmother my grandfather ancestors and my uncles the wattle would bring August to me each year and linger until the warm arrival of september   butcher birds would be my friends and sing while my […]
  • No one told me :/ (5/30/2015) - philippine wedding everyone wear pink or cream-beige. except me! © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • Decades (1/2/2017) - “your daughter has committed suicide” my brother-in-law said to my 80 year old father “and it’s your fault! tonight” after years of domestic abuse, violence and insults … he rang back of course, crazed, demanding, belittling, meek, puzzling, accusing. we rang the police of course. they were annoyed of course. she rang later of course. […]
  • Renewal (12/30/2016) - as a tree grows old nature finds her own sublime ornamentation © 2016 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Renewal
  • Alone at the Edge (12/31/2016) - an old creek tidal separated from her kin, she hears their songs still © 2016 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Mope
  • Falling (Part II) (1/17/2018) - into each loophole fell i fleeing then finding my alibi “oh i wish i knew … “ “i’m so sorry but i … “ into each loophole fell i into the loopholes rushed i always so easy leaving behind accountability duty declined into the loopholes rushed i © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine note: this poem […]
  • shadows on a wall or fake news Shadows on a Wall OR Fake News (9/19/2018) - like a shadow cast on wall sometimes you have to step back and remove your sunglasses or step forward and adjust your eyes to see what’s real and what is not © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine
  • Hands (2/26/2017) - shadowing me, hands speaking me, take a green line standing me, black sun © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadow
  • Unpeopled House (12/10/2016) - Your tangled garden and cobwebbed windows sit quiet, but tell of the missing. © 2016 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Missing