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
  • 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
  • A Recognised Craft (2/6/2017) - long since a palm tree weaved tight, neatly stitched by hands above now below © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Craft and Recognize
  • 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?
  • small pink flowers Celadon (6/13/2017) - grey, green celadon forest of tiny leaf fronds taper pink entrails © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Taper I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • philippine tribal art2 The Beat of the Drums (1/21/2019) - In the distance the drums continued to beat. © 2019 Melinda J. Irvine [lmt-post-modified-info]
  • Yarrabah (8/9/2017) - They come for the land Washed up by the sea Raising their hand The human disease What in the world? Wanting the world They come for the land And now they take me … They come for the land Nothing…
  • Early (5/19/2017) - 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
  • deceased she-oak Drooping She-oak (11/7/2018) - drooping limbs flailing she-died — not quickly
  • goddesses of plaza molo Goddesses of Molo (1/14/2018) - Oh the Goddesses of Molo stand silent all the day static, still and stationed with not a thing to say. The Goddesses of Molo underneath our little Lord six sultry sculpted women without a single word. © 2018 Melinda J.…
  • 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…
  • Last Night (8/18/2016) - moon with barbed wire and a stick struck me sudden (I saw you there too) © 2016 Melinda Irvine  
  • Sand (6/30/2016) - lines circles swirls space © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • 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
  • RSVP (1/18/2017) - An invitation (my Philippines is waiting) I write my reply. © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Invitation
  • little kid and a bowl of spaghetti Lunchtime Treat (6/15/2017) - lunchtime stains little white shirt spaghetti © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Uniform I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • wet leaf Wet (10/1/2018) - dark brown muddened bract rain leaves the garden © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine
  • Truth (9/12/2015) - Speak to me of your truth without words letting your lips pass into silence; show me only in action letting deeds reveal the heart inside of you; speak not today letting the truth be in your quiet. Allowing the sounds…
  • No one told me :/ (5/30/2015) - philippine wedding everyone wear pink or cream-beige. except me! © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • Write your life (1/17/2017) - Write in bright colours like your life could be, could might be Still reality. © 2016 Mel Irvine Weekly Discover Challenge: Transcript About eight years ago I bought myself a beautiful bound sketchbook and started sketching my guitar strap and…
  • silhouette in orange (1) Boy in Orange (1/27/2018) - recurrent concrete – support the tiny framework © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Silhouette I’m part of Post A Day 2018 Location: Balasan, Iloilo (Philipppines)  
  • 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…
  • Lovingly (2/7/2017) - ‘Ghosts cannot remember their sons,’ said he. ‘But mother’s cannot forget their love’ said me. © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Lovingly
  • hand scribbled doodle September 20 (7/4/2017) - It is not what you remember that is surprising it’s what you forget. Only hours later a FB photo emerges, or a video. And the fine details (already forgotten) seem to delight, then shock you. Tiny nuances, the sound of…
  • He Needs No Friends (2/2/2017) - Arrived unwilling, he rusted (hammered in tight). Forgetting what for. © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Resist
  • However bird songs are heard (4/14/2017) - 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…
  • 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
  • gasoline in pepsi bottles Don’t Drink the Pink (8/17/2017) - In the Philippines don’t drink the pink pepsi You might find her a little too spicy … © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Spicy I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • lichen stains2 Along the Kennedy Track (10/20/2018) - mangrove roots swathe rock to sea old coast walkway © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine
  • ocean pandanus 2 Ocean Pandanus (10/19/2018) - all her life she leaned toward sea pelagic and tidal she yearned for the deep and yet she remains only brine on the breeze a blackened torn shadow over sunset stands she © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine
  • pink umbrella Pink Umbrella (2/17/2018) - diminishing bright fuschia, hot pink, piggy pink, baby pink, champagne © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Conjure I’m part of Post A Day 2018 Location: Lapaz, Iloilo City(Philipppines)
  • Erosion (8/14/2016) - high above us your strength exposed and exploited: we fall together. © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • 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
  • mural by michele donovan nambucca heads Ngaduun (crab) (11/16/2018) - ngaduun captured by hand back a decade, or more REFERENCES Gumbaynggirr Language Names National Parks and Wildlife Service NSW https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/education/2010GumbaynggirrLanguageDatabase.pdf Gumbaynggirr Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-op http://muurrbay.org.au/languages/gumbaynggirr/
  • bottles in the window The Window Sill (11/9/2018) - on the window sill bottles sitting in echoes memories — not dust
  • 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
  • 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…
  • Lichen (8/5/2016) - bold lichen grows. no matter how many ways i look at you, i still don’t know what colour you are. orange, red yellow. who are you? © 2016 Melinda Irvine Pondering the photos from my trip home to Australia last month.
  • Windy Headland (1/12/2017) - Swaying small tree cling in the place where sea meets sky: everything shown. © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Cling