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
  • This is where the alt-tag goes! The Tremble of Drums (2/8/2017) - dinagyang parade warriors dance for maidens the tremble of drums © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Tremble
  • Death in the Open Grasslands (2/28/2015) - death comes as a shock startling and sudden my morose curiosity a sadness a lament for a lifeless form © 2015 Mel 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
  • No. (12/14/2016) - Her bespoke lie is all she’s lived; 5 star girl only Yes, never … © Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Bespoke
  • The Monster You Created (12/13/2016) - A highway passed here once, doors widened to commerce and community. Time and highways flee these places remaining only at a distance (like the monster you created). © Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Flee
  • 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 […]
  • Somebody Clean that Fan (1/27/2017) - inside simple space we find creative moments family type stuff © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Simple
  • 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?
  • 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
  • Atmospheric (11/19/2017) - women’s gowns compete with Christmas lights resplendent to the ceiling © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Atmospheric I’m part of Post A Day 2017 Location: Jaro, Iloilo City (Philipppines)
  • camelia bush My Younger Self (10/9/2018) - I saw myself at the bottom of a pink camellia bush stretched out and flailing as my younger self (a perky pink bud) looked away in disdain how could she know? that actually she was looking at herself © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine
  • Late Afternoon Amigos (4/25/2015) - Too grown for children, not yet men. Late afternoon amigos, pretend. © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • Girringun Grasslands (2/27/2015) - rain greened grassland slopes shield once esteemed trees’ tiny purple companions © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • A Birthday Begins (1/30/2017) - Jerry’s birthday starts with a big yellow sun: then spaghetti, cake, friends. © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Yellow PS: And even though his favourite colour is red, I loved how he chose his yellow birthday cake (because it had red flowers).  Ahhhh I do recall Bilbo Baggins being extremely fond of flowers: my heart […]
  • 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 […]
  • broken leaves on a boardwalk Painted Gums (11/3/2018) - street composition afternoon art © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine As I wander the late afternoons I often ponder how the early masters like Yoshimoto, Basho and Buson would haiku and haiga our 21st century landscape.
  • He’s Never Seen Clean (2/3/2017) - tiny warrior wall that’s never seen clean which is the artwork? © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Clean
  • 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
  • layers of palm fronds Your narrative (6/21/2019) - each new sun lights layers your narrative sensitive to light © 2019 Melinda J. Irvine
  • Manila (11/22/2015) - Traffic. Manila. Traffic. Traffic. Stopping for … red lights optional. © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • Off to Sea (1/7/2018) - concrete cast boy alive for the ocean winsome © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Winsome I’m part of Post A Day 2018 Location: Banate, Iloilo (Philipppines)
  • Empty (10/25/2016) - this red bench was the 'pop of colour' i had been seeking to finish the 'developing your eye' wordpress course. there is usually an street vendor sitting here reading the newspaper while he sells sweets, fans or small plastic toys. at night he sleeps between pieces of cardboard in an alley behind an international hotel.
  • What Remains (6/29/2016) - of an Australian life lies here; waiting in a little bush market. © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • hot dogs Hot Dogs and Ham (3/2/2018) - There was a young fellow called Kevin Who liked to eat potted meats and devon And hot dogs and ham And saveloys and spam Oh he ate, and shot straight, into heaven © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Premonition I’m part of Post A Day 2018 Location: Estancia, Iloilo (Philipppines) The kids and families […]
  • 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
  • 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 […]
  • whale mural at nambucca heads Whales (11/5/2018) - whales passing nearby external assembly © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine
  • The Sky Today (12/19/2016) - Moody shades of gloom, out of focus and unclear. Yep, missing the point. © 2016 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Moody
  • little purple flowers in a graden Friends Remembered (9/30/2017) - A Friend cried From inside the Rain forged Lilac “old sprIng blOssom!” EveryWhere coincideNcE? Dont Really know but Something whispered … liSten … to the flowers and I remembered © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine This is my response to the Blogging University course Writing: Intro to Poetry (Day 3 Friend) Daily Prompt: Coincidence I’m part of Post A […]
  • folorn by melinda j irvine Old Man (1/10/2018) - leaned to the stick hand raised to the sun “listen” he whispered “your time here is done” but they flouted his ‘wisdom’ hands clenched to their swords refusing kind words for shining rewards © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Forlorn I’m part of Post A Day 2018 Location: Banate, Iloilo (Philipppines)
  • “was accidentally bumped to a coconut tree … due to slippery wet road” (5/9/2017) - you are dead and i am dying left behind embittered lying static stationed tombed abyss lifeless life reduced to this you are dead and i am lying heart unlit as you lay dying wretched anger’s silent hiss twisted wreck it’s all there is © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Bitter I started writing this […]
  • Which Weeds? (3/31/2015) - weed or flower? which will make a difference? will it? will it? why? © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • inside a tree seed Of trees (6/8/2019) - keep the secrets of trees close
  • Where Are You Going? (12/15/2016) - Into the same place maybe: through different ways, footsteps and paths. © Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Conundrum
  • a quiet place to write? (4/28/2016) - the boys are not wearing their sun scarves used instead to ‘net’ butterflies and i had found a quiet place to write [‘shhhhh’ says jerry as the boys rushed in ‘butterflies’ but he is the only one talking]. and write i must. i ‘write’, narrate, dictate, prepare, edit, arrange, publish so much in my head, […]
  • Panicked (5/5/2017) - hearts in our bellies baby jyn swallows a coin emergency OP © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Panicked PS: Stopping by the house after the operation (below) baby Jyn doesn’t show any signs of being rushed to the city hospital, general anaesthetic or being pried apart to remove a coin. PSS: Big thanks to my […]
  • 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
  • Little Savage (7/10/2017) - every thing primal in your wreckless purrrrrrrrrr © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Savage I’m part of Post A Day 2017