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
  • Spanish Sangria (8/11/2016) - sangria really kicked in and i mean kicked one glass and i am what rhymes with just found the error that has eluded me for months and months and months and more than one year in my favourite poem not angry…
  • the ever popular blue mountains What is Rain? (10/3/2017) - Feeling athletic we scramble down (jackets off, hats on, sun hot) to the popular spot we rest among passing long weekenders and languages we don’t understand. Rain lands on our shoulders rain lands on our hats rain lands on our…
  • Halo Halo (mix mix) (8/23/2015) - Halo-Halo Mix Mix, Sweet Sweet, Friendship, Halo Halo. Mix Mix Mix! © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • 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…
  • No one told me :/ (5/30/2015) - philippine wedding everyone wear pink or cream-beige. except me! © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • 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
  • El Niño (4/28/2019) - mid-summer heat settled shouts out curling leaf fronds brown and cracked clear voices cry rain hear us rain When my mother and sister arrived in Iloilo City 2 weeks ago, they both asked about the brown stuff they could see…
  • Out the Window of the Bus (6/16/2016) - they rush into night. and soon, you won’t even see the poverty. © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • lion of Molo – Version 2 Street Cat (2/25/2019) - Posturing Above his subjects Always a street cat, still
  • 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…
  • River and mangroves River and Light (7/16/2016) - last afternoon light mirrors her river — sudden bird songs to quiet © 2016 Melinda Irvine This poem appears in Paperbark Wetlands, an eBook filled with multi-media poetry.
  • Miss Q. Cwoc (11/16/2016) - Miss Q. Cwoc had a shock all atop a tabletop. © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • the next door neighbour's dog Things Get Messy (3/5/2018) - no sleep tonight the neighbours dogs © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Messy I’m part of Post A Day 2018 Location: Estancia, Iloilo (Philipppines)
  • Night Sounds, a poem by Melinda J. Irvine After Dark (5/16/2017) - night sounds dogs, Dogs, DOGS fiesta’s steady THUMP Thump thump © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine
  • Don't block the driveway painted on a garage door The City Speaks (5/30/2017) - © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Radiate I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • wet leaf Wet (10/1/2018) - dark brown muddened bract rain leaves the garden © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine
  • Food and education (5/25/2015) - I am humbled by a place where ‘happy’ is food and education education and something to eat for each child 4 sons 3 daughters © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • Still Life in Green (12/9/2015) - still life coloured green i find green everywhere now guitar life sits still © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • Windy Headland (1/12/2017) - Swaying small tree cling in the place where sea meets sky: everything shown. © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Cling
  • Time (7/1/2016) - time passes slowly before me each particle every fragment finding its own place finding its own time floating alone not lonely © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • bow of a bamboo boat on a small island The sun has gone (5/31/2019) - the sand scorched heat and absence our monsoon rains are late this year and tonight (at last the night) the dogs will sleep inside fresh holes dug to the cool sand not like this burnt afternoon dusk, where the sun…
  • 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…
  • Bamboo Beam (8/16/2016) - tita mel can i? no! tita mel please can i? no! tita mellllll … no! © 2016 Melinda 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
  • boy on the shoreline low tide Two Hot Days Later (6/26/2017) - he wanted pets trapped small fish and shrimp in plastic cups © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Cringe I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • section of the front grill from an old tractor Tranche (6/7/2017) - part, piece, bit, section, chunk, segment, slice, fragment; wedge, lump, slab, hunk, parcel, tranche © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Portion I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • Like Water (8/24/2016) - flung down like water find your timeless fall and flow running, never still © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • 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…
  • Wheel of Brisbane (4/3/2015) - spins my head around (like sparkling wine at the bar far below). slow. slow. © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • 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
  • Which Weeds? (3/31/2015) - weed or flower? which will make a difference? will it? will it? why? © 2015 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
  • mural and plant (1) Faded (2/24/2019) - her painted smile outstretched the years of silent heat and stormed cloud
  • Wretched Heritage (5/20/2017) - i am living a tradition my eyes pieces of tin, metal scraps for hands feet (torn nails) just look at my toes! but don’t get too close you don’t want to see all i’ve got © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Weekly…
  • distorted image of a red moon shining over the sea The Red Sea (6/12/2017) - blood moon the tides divided island to island © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Control I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • One Sunset (1/14/2017) - She warms us, lights us. Of more is she capable, our centre, our sun. © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Capable