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
  • It’s gone: Tiny and Sandra B. parted (11/18/2016) - Fans were left outraged late Friday afternoon, as Sandra B. escaped her sometime boyfriend and anti-sawmilling activist Tiny Timberlake, with little more than her poise. © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • undulate by Melinda J. Irvine She rises, she falls (1/11/2018) - long lines of palm frond wind filled, each crease each pore delineates the gust © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Undulate I’m part of Post A Day 2018 Location: Guimaras Island, Iloilo (Philipppines)
  • Late (3/31/2015) - afternoon sun life sets on these last of my days I’ll find you again © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • little white flower with a brown leaf Palm Roots and Blooms (7/1/2018) - old concrete mossed green tiny white flowers
  • little boy with teddy bear Old Ensemble (2/16/2018) - worn like a costume Teddy Bear © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Costume I’m part of Post A Day 2018 Location: Estancia, Iloilo (Philipppines)
  • Philippine Public (1/22/2017) - women’s “comfort” room we squat over grilled river (brown boxed “privacy”) © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Post: Privacy
  • From the Black Forest (12/5/2016) - Fundraising to adopt Jerry has really binded my family as we all search for once sacred relics to sell. This little wooden bear was handed over enthusiastically with detailed instructions for pricing (which I will strictly adhere to as this little poem illustrates). “DON’T SELL That bear,” shouts mum. “blah blah blah thE BLACK FOREST BLAH to cheap […]
  • No Power (1/31/2017) - blackouts twice this week warm replacement lights (candles) snug stories and songs © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Replacement  
  • 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 […]
  • Written in Sand (8/14/2016) - little boy writes my name in the sand (near his) then smiles my face. love you 🙂 © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • out of focus shot of an old lady handwashing Where Will I Focus? (6/19/2017) - the whole is greater than the sum of its parts who I am is not a broken total I am the whole © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Total Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus I’m part of Post A Day 2017 Arjen’s mother laments abandoning her jackfruit tree, her brother-in-law sold the land and gave […]
  • bird foot prints in the sand Someone Before Me (10/17/2017) - on a lonely shore someone had stood before me webbed footprints in sand © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Exceptional I’m part of Post A Day 2017 Location: Nambucca Heads (Australia)
  • 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
  • And then, suddenly, her dream changed (5/11/2017) - © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Better I was in a dark depression when I wrote this découpé poem back in 2014: it felt nice to edit it today and make it a little bit better. At the time I didn’t feel any sense of hope, and it wasn’t written as a celebration of a new […]
  • 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 Prompt: Mystery and Orange Weekly Photo Challenge: Peek I’m part of Post A Day 2017 Location: […]
  • astral by Melinda J. Irvine Astral (2/25/2018) - midnight a wet balcony becomes the moon © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Astral I’m part of Post A Day 2018 Location: Estancia, Iloilo (Philipppines)
  • pandanus leaves Old World Tropics (5/7/2018) - bare feet uncover a new island old world pandanus © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Observe I’m part of Post A Day 2018 Location:Guimaras Island, Iloilo (Philipppines)
  • A Beginning (2/27/2017) - each thing has a core a tiny centre somewhere to begin and bind © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: A Good Match
  • dilapidated bamboo house Red Dirt Floor (6/16/2017) - bamboo walls don’t keep out the rain puncture marks © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Puncture I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • A 5 Bar Day? (8/23/2016) - still dreaming of that five bar day (all day) TODAY? replay, each day. yay. © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • group of kids eating chips The Kids of Purok 7 (7/3/2017) - Jerry visits an old playground where his house used to be © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Scamper and Snack I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • 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
  • lychee Symphony (8/11/2017) - symphony in the market each new table a leisurely andante © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Symphony and Amble I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • new rice New Rice (7/13/2017) - the late sun falling into each new stem of rice © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • little mountain stream in black and white The Colour of Water (9/28/2017) - children’s voices loop just over the wet bracken rushing mountain stream © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine This is my response to the Blogging University course Writing: Intro to Poetry (Day 1 Water) I’m part of Post A Day 2017 Location: Leura Cascades (Blue Mountains National Park)
  • Wandering and Waiting (7/22/2016) - post happy hour nostalgia. wandering a twilight pathway. remembering my australianness. wondering and waiting to fly. © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • mother mary and baby jesus statue Hands (5/22/2018) - His hands opened Her’s holding onto love mine filled with photographs another’s rasping my shoulder for money © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Awkward I’m part of Post A Day 2018 Location: La Paz, Iloilo (Philipppines)
  • 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 returned Everything taken Everything burned What in the world? Wanting the world They come for […]
  • 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 Photo Challenge: Heritage
  • Just saying hello (8/24/2015) - Hi Melinda It is hard to believe Lincoln has been gone 1 Year. I am glad you are going to finish your studies. Diane is coming down on the about the 1st October Luke & Shannon have invited me to baby shower on the 27 th September. I have booked the train trip they are […]
  • Leaving the Temple (3/28/2017) - wreathed boy spoke limestone or held bird © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Photo: Limestone statuette of a boy with a wreath of leaves
  • Shine (1/10/2017) - your end of day flight blackened by the sun’s late shine living passed to less © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Shine
  • The words I write hurt (4/29/2014) - sometimes the words i write on the page hurt too much and i cannot look at them then my hand cannot make a shape and i can’t feel anything at all have i written too much? will it just add increase to their pain; to their suffering but how can you write too much about this? sometimes […]
  • 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
  • three men in a tractor black and white Afternoon Caper (7/12/2017) - faded sun finding its last men waving goodbye © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Caper I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • street art in jaro, iloilo city Holes in the Road (2/18/2018) - no matter where you step there’s always a hole in the road maybe we’re all in one © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Cavity I’m part of Post A Day 2018 Location: Jaro, Iloilo City (Philipppines)