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
  • Her Own Shadow (9/8/2019) - What days are these? Where you can only be found — inside your own shadow.
  • Leaf Litter (11/13/2016) - dried banksia pods crack into my black sanded feet curling my toes © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • kids on a dilapidated merry go round The Old Steel Gate (7/23/2017) - How many little boys have passed tickets shouting their delight through this old steel gate? © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Gate I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • 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…
  • Even If They Are Not Ours (10/8/2017) - is it the familiarity of old things not ours? long since fashionable trinkets and jewels not ours the imagined pleasure of an old memory not ours that we find ourselves? in old wooden halls not ours? © 2017 Melinda J.…
  • decoated building13 Disentangled (2/13/2018) - entanglement density completely or veneered © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Simplify I’m part of Post A Day 2018 Location: Iloilo City (Philippines)
  • the side of a bell Above the Wishing Well (11/27/2017) - make your wish and ring the bell (but a few people threw in coins as well) #poetry #wishes #poem
  • 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…
  • crack in the boat Another Life (11/11/2018) - Squinting. Another life through the cracks.
  • hot pink rose Reaching (6/10/2017) - mud garden footprint old bottles stem a bright rose gentleness reaching © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Tender I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • Erosion (8/14/2016) - high above us your strength exposed and exploited: we fall together. © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • Jian (12/2/2015) - Two years older protects little brother; baby man. Superman at three. © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • 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
  • lights shining in a puddle It’s Raining (10/28/2017) - red and purple pieces of city lights and lumes inside a street puddle © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Surreal I’m part of Post A Day 2017 Location: Iloilo City (Philippines)
  • Girringun Grasslands (2/27/2015) - rain greened grassland slopes shield once esteemed trees’ tiny purple companions © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • The City at Night (3/29/2017) - we found a night-lit spooky house pictured ourselves in a forgotten city beyond the street © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine
  • Wheel of Brisbane (4/3/2015) - spins my head around (like sparkling wine at the bar far below). slow. slow. © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • heritage house from Hartley, NSW You Do Not Burn (10/9/2017) - 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…
  • 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
  • Birthdays Pinoy Style (1/29/2017) - Having a birthday? “spaghetti”, “hot dogs” and tang it’s more fun here. © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Automatic #itsmorefuninthephilippines Cooking my first Filipino styled spaghetti tomorrow for Jerry’s birthday treat. Ask a Filipino kid what they want to eat…
  • garden seat among the trees Spring Circle (10/1/2017) - as any great journey spring in the garden is a sunny place to sit watching the changing sky © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine This is my response to the Blogging University course Writing: Intro to Poetry (Day 4 Journey) Daily…
  • After the funeral (9/4/2014) - the headlights arrive at night our fire brings them in strangely we answer their questions we still don’t know who they are death endorses questions “what is THAT?” they ask the fire roars in triumph all you can hear is…
  • Shine (10/24/2016) - the #shine on the floor pulls me away from the down and up into light … © 2016 Melinda Irvine © 2016 melinda irvine
  • a ripening corn field Over the Corn (8/30/2016) - freshened sun shimmers the not-quite harvest season gold and greens alight © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • rust and barbed wire Rust (8/20/2018) - bawal = prohibited umihi = urinate diri = here !!!! = please
  • 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.…
  • statue of captain cook in Avoca Street Randwick The Captain Cook Bar and Grill (9/29/2017) - his face remains the historic statue static our dead at our mercy (us) the lifeless living alive under him remembrance at will and they we are dead still © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine This is my response to the Blogging University…
  • The Black Dog (7/11/2016) - sometimes it’s there sometimes it isn’t sometimes it’s everywhere © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • dead leaf Leaves by the Riverbank (2/26/2019) - barbed blade and broken midrib, cobweb netted vein cover river sand in your story
  • Maddening (12/17/2016) - Streaked along the shore for the last three tides, tiny stingers stealing peace. © Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Maddening
  • Last Night (8/18/2016) - moon with barbed wire and a stick struck me sudden (I saw you there too) © 2016 Melinda Irvine  
  • 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…
  • Exposed (5/8/2017) - children rock mid-summer playtime © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Exposed
  • piece of an old sewing machine in black and white At the Back (6/28/2017) - decades turned this wheel like clothes worn, falling into that place at the back © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Wheel and Knackered I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • In the Garden (1/28/2017) - Gently leaf sway soft to the morning in your Grace © 2017 Melinda Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful
  • Beside the Fancy Shopping Mall (5/13/2017) - twisting bamboo maze rickety walkway stumbles sodden, someone’s house © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Maze
  • 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.
  • 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