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
  • 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)
  • rust and barbed wire Rust (8/20/2018)- bawal = prohibited umihi = urinate diri = here !!!! = please
  • seagulls sitting by the river at dusk The Navigators (11/1/2018)- before any great journey is the silent division and brooding contemplation © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine
  • Ephemeral (5/10/2017)- summer tides fall little friends an island weekend © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Temporary
  • three feral cats Three Cats Run Away (7/18/2017)- three moxie cats flex their ambitions then run away © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Moxie I’m part of Post A Day 2017 SaveSave
  • Can You Hear It? (8/23/2016)- wet season brown-out squandering the last cell phone charge. slowly. slowly. © 2016 Melinda Irvine https://youtu.be/eIX4NI43v1A&rel=0
  • piece of a green leaf Where Hands Fall (12/1/2017)- where my hands fell (a single blade extensive by the wind) as much a knife as the anthropod animals eat their lunch in tiny bites © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Bite I’m part of Post A Day 2017 Location: Beunavista, Guimaras Island (Philipppines)
  • 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
  • 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 coffee and spilled white, paper-wrapped sugar they have disappointed me in their appearance and  stayed […]
  • Laundry Soap (11/30/2015)- the Plaza Molo transformed. where is lawn grown green that seated last December? dead lifeless garden remnants “are you drawing church?” asks policeman, pointing to red notebook ‘no’ hear myself reply ‘writing it’ smiles approvingly denied rain centuried brick falling vine casacades past iron rusted peaks while sun scorched leaves dry season Mary sitting stained […]
  • Above the kitchen (2/21/2019)- wind strikes hollow bamboo sticks against long since seashells
  • The Edge of the Moon (11/14/2016)- somewhere by the edge of the moon sits history. everything past. © 2016 Melinda Irvine © 2016 Melinda Irvine This is my contribution to the Blogging-U course Photography: Developing Your Eye II (Day 8 Edge).
  • frangipini in water A Poem in the Morning (5/17/2018)- I woke this morning to the sound of a poem. It rained in through the night words and images. And yet even my first response was not to scramble for a pen, but merely smile and seep into a new voice, and allow the poem in her own time. © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily […]
  • April Tides (4/30/2017)- February blew long low tide on the concrete constructed April © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine
  • mother mary and baby jesus statue Hands (5/22/2018)- His hands opened Her’s holding onto love mine filled with photographs another’s rasping my shoulder for money © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Awkward I’m part of Post A Day 2018 Location: La Paz, Iloilo (Philipppines)
  • Celebrating a life (8/30/2014)- Sometimes music takes you into the bush and it is these times you remember who you truly are are. I’m here in Inverell for the next few months celebrating the life of my Uncle Lincoln who passed away on the 23 August. My Uncle Lincoln represented everything it meant to be creative, eccentric and true to […]
  • Is this what’s really killing our planet? (8/24/2015)- Electricity. How can something beautiful be the one to blame? © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • little red flowers Afternoon Walk (6/29/2017)- sprinkled along the trail red flowers © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Blanket I’m part of Post A Day 2017 SaveSave SaveSave
  • the hands that held me (8/27/2016)- I give thanks today for the hands that held me when I was very small. For the hands who blessed and guided me, who brought me here with love. #lovethepeopleyoumeet The past year and a half has been tough. I really have struggled. I wanted to begin a new section of my website (to honour […]
  • Little Snake on the Sand (12/16/2016)- little snake out on bright sand looks like Christmas folly, until zooming eyes spy bird-gripped sides and speak a sadder story. © Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Folly
  • mountain overlooking rice fields Sunlight (11/5/2017)- for weeks our sun lay hidden, inside rain and obscurity fragmented and forgotten she lunged piercing tree leaves penetrating mountain tips and cutting cutting fine each new stem of rice banana leaf torn and palm trees shred like ribbons above the cane inflorescence and tassel all we had forgotten to now simmer in a broken […]
  • Home For Winter (6/30/2016)- the sun is warming my tropical island feet back home for winter © 2016 Melinda Irvine  
  • 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
  • Marathon of Waiting (1/17/2017)- Two months all done. Ready to fly home to you. Brave little boy waits. © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Marathon
  • waratah in blackheath Springtime in the Blue Mountains (10/11/2018)- Spring’s contenders rhododendrons waratahs
  • two little boys in a laundry tub Baby Brothers (8/8/2017)- baby takes a a bath laundry tub filled with brothers one partner hiding © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Partner I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • hand drawn strange fictitious flowers Fiction Flowers (6/18/2017)- this scribbled blossom I must have dreamed of triffids in a dusty book © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Blossom and Create I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • thick clouds of the islands of gigantes, Estancia Philippines. Storm (5/25/2017)- storm’s precipice monsoon strikes the mountain evanescent © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine This poem was published in 50 Haikus (Volume 1, Issue 11) a literary journal featuring only Haiku poetry in open form. Daily Post: Precipice Weekly Photo Challenge:Evanescent I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • 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 us the blue of our twilight © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • Jerry! Diin sa iPhone? (6/18/2015)- When a curious little boy get's your iPhone, without you realising there's suddenly more than 600 photos. Delighted at what I found here.
  • Solitude (9/8/2016)- one can be quiet once can be peaceful. one can be quite disturbing. © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • black and white of a group of boys carrying a coffin No Tears For the Young (8/7/2017)- we watched him lain final life barely begun just 20 years old his song yet unsung and I wondered where God was to tell what he’d done but the silence it stationed no tears for the young and she called and she called “I see you my son …” and I wondered where God was […]
  • banksia on a headland Little Black Dot (7/10/2016)- sun filled flowers wet grass sunday sounds windy headland surfski paddler tiny black dot so far away little you with me here © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • street art mural of a homeless girl Philippines The Outdoors Life (7/11/2017)- Do you have the grit for the outdoors life? A life where you’ll sleep not alone (but alone). Where everyone sees, but no one sees you. Where everyone knows you, but nobody knows. © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Grit I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • 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
  • enjoy the little things Dark Carousel (8/15/2017)- pointing i followed his vague directions into some dark parade until a graffitied street, red stopped, then turned me out © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Carousel I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • Maya (12/9/2016)- My aunt 40 years gone: abandoned, excluded for birthing treasure. © 2016 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Treasure
  • men playing checkers Waiting (11/14/2017)- bottle caps black street stones white ball-pen scraped checkerboard © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Black Weekly Photo Challenge: Temporary I’m part of Post A Day 2017 Location: Estancia, Iloilo (Philipppines)