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
  • island kid covering his face with sand Our Oceans, Our Future (6/9/2017) - World Oceans Day! Blissfully unaware, of what we’ve done. © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Crisp #WorldOceansDay #WorldOceansDay2017 #OurOceansOurFuture I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • Amphigory or Alethiology? (4/20/2017) - there once was a girl who climbed up to the moon she shone and she shone like a big awkward spoon she spun and she spun like a polka-dashed tune til she jumped and she jumped (smashed her time into noon) © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine
  • Finally, Be Strong (10/28/2015) - the last thing he saw rope cut down by his mother ignoring police © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • Dad’s Dog (10/22/2015) - leaving again soon walking his mate with purpose taking memories © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • Old Moree Rocket (3/30/2015) - 1975 you are tall like the sun, me small as you are now © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • 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
  • sunset over a rice paddy Afternoon Elegance (12/14/2017) - Phoebus Stretched his hands Unto each tiny stem and floret © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Elegance Weekly Photo Challenge: Ascend I’m part of Post A Day 2017 Location: Batad, Iloilo (Philipppines)
  • 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 course Writing: Intro to Poetry (Day 2 Face ) Daily Prompt: Irrelevant I’m part of Post […]
  • Paperbark Wetlands (7/19/2016) - barefoot forest steps find sun-stained river grasses windless and silent © 2016 Melinda Irvine Paperbark Wetlands is featured in my book of multimedia poetry Paperbark Wetlands: 10 Little Multimedia Poems Lyricing the Australian Landscape. Get it free now on iBooks or Amazon.
  • old guyra cemetery Who lies beneath you? (3/14/2015) - bush cemetery who lies beneath your lichen trees and unmarked cross? © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • Smile for a sack of rice (11/3/2015) - they know exactly why they are smiling why I was arriving at 10.30 in the morning why they had to put on pants and shoes eldest sister points her little brother to the camera light smile for a sack of rice starving mamma sold their blanket smile for a sack of rice “i know there […]
  • Unmoored (5/22/2017) - adrift in the wash bucket he climbed my arm unmoored © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Adrift and Unmoored
  • Morning and Mist (10/21/2015) - early driving sun behind wet mist and dew filled cobwebs. rough bush stop. © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • 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
  • Erosion (8/14/2016) - high above us your strength exposed and exploited: we fall together. © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • small white hibiscus flower Monarch in the Garden (6/25/2017) - stately white flowers hold tall their golden sceptre perfect lined satin © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Illusion I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • Ancient Volcano (2/28/2015) - Aboriginal Undara (a long way). Rain forest beneath us. © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • Superpower (1/17/2017) - I have a superpower I can write a line or two about any given subject about going to the zoo about having crazy families about connecting with my friends about grief and loss and someone loved and goodbye, goodbye again about thinking that you’re nothing and you’re better off alone and then finding again a sunset or […]
  • Finding Myself Again (3/14/2016) - allowing high-tide to wash over my body following dragonflies with sky-turned eyes eating on the sand together balancing on a bamboo outrigger calling two little boys to lunch searching for fresh tree seeds and leaves shaking sand from my swimmer pants watching young island girls dance traditional dances scolding kids for trampling sand all over […]
  • Overwhelmed (2/5/2017) - tiny bamboo barque thick winds squall her man and net islands vanish aft © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Overwhelming
  • Which Weeds? (3/31/2015) - weed or flower? which will make a difference? will it? will it? why? © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • Imaginary Swimming Pool (6/6/2017) - GET MY GOGGLES! PLEASE! PLEASE!, he shouts above below the rain © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Imaginary I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • Who is helping these people? (4/26/2015) - eighteen months after a CAT 5 SuperTyphoon largest on record? © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • Home For Winter (6/30/2016) - the sun is warming my tropical island feet back home for winter © 2016 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 […]
  • Last Night (8/18/2016) - moon with barbed wire and a stick struck me sudden (I saw you there too) © 2016 Melinda Irvine  
  • Frog on a Straw Hat (3/14/2017) - little frog sitting long wooden centuries this me writing poems © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Photo: Netsuke of Frog on a Straw Hat I haven’t written a poem or been out photographing for weeks, so it was a delight to read that the Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced that more than 375,000 images found in […]
  • Morning Begins (4/10/2017) - blue morning begins looking for tiny bird sounds windless palm fronds sway © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine
  • 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 my shoulders and a day filled with colours again. © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • 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
  • Still Life in Green (12/9/2015) - still life coloured green i find green everywhere now guitar life sits still © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • 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 shoes the shriek of an animal or the ridiculousness of really poor young men in […]
  • 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
  • Tempted by the Sea (1/6/2017) - My grandmother’s hands found little ships in tree bark. Tempted by the sea. © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Tempted
  • the fading sunset Public Transport (1/29/2018) - .. stancia ma’am … Estancia . .. ma’ … we both fit inside cooling pizza pressed to knees my head cracks the thin metal roof and the rider (his knees pointing upward) sweep the metal handles connected to the brakes he makes room for two more (side saddled and awkward) gripping plastic bags filled with […]
  • 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 do not burn. © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine This is my response to the Blogging […]
  • Broken Boats (5/11/2015) - I love a place where broken boats are beautiful. Even broken boats. © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • In a Natural World (11/10/2016) - when things seem crazy stillness and simplicity will allow silence © 2016 Melinda Irvine This is my contribution to the Blogging-U course Photography: Developing your Eye II (Day 4 Natural World). The featured image was also published on the ABC Open Project: Pic of the Week under the title Stillness and Simplicity. Check it out here.