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
  • Vanish (12/7/2016) - I can vanish the moon. Oh, it’s so easy to delete moons, sand spinifex grass and old memories. Keeping stuff is much harder. © Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Vanish
  • 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
  • Fire! Fire! (5/3/2017) - silver cooling dawn distant shapes men, haul anchor at once, all away tropical island though winter does not pass here poverty is cold closing light showers covered in February rains disappear fire siren wailing bells thick fear rise rise look…
  • red flowers on the balcony Vexillology (2/22/2019) - little flags cerise black red flapping in the wind
  • Mangroves (9/11/2019) - seated the sunshine flecked, with salt
  • slow exposure shot of fiesta stalls at night Roadside Fiesta (8/7/2017) - her sultry shimmer betwitching her passersby late night fiesta © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Shimmer I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • What Remains (6/29/2016) - of an Australian life lies here; waiting in a little bush market. © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • Shine (10/24/2016) - the #shine on the floor pulls me away from the down and up into light … © 2016 Melinda Irvine © 2016 melinda irvine
  • RSVP (1/18/2017) - An invitation (my Philippines is waiting) I write my reply. © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Invitation
  • Birthdays Pinoy Style (1/29/2017) - Having a birthday? “spaghetti”, “hot dogs” and tang it’s more fun here. © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Automatic #itsmorefuninthephilippines Cooking my first Filipino styled spaghetti tomorrow for Jerry’s birthday treat. Ask a Filipino kid what they want to eat…
  • 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
  • His last hours (12/10/2015) - “When you receive this letter, I shall be dead by then…. Tomorrow at seven, I shall be shot; but I am innocent of the crime of rebellion…. I am going to die with a tranquil conscience.” José Rizal © 2015…
  • electrical wires Disconnectivity (12/30/2018) - connecting each to each building to building house to house pole to pole pod to pod me to me you from you post from post tribe from tribe boozer from boozer each from each disconnecting © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine
  • Not Tonight Dear (1/7/2017) - Lady gone to sea (her mimsy flanks all about). She won’t float tonight. © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Float
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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…
  • Wet Season Poetry (8/25/2016) - nothing much to see … rain rain rain rain rain rain and mud … nothing much to say. © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • Street Sound (9/1/2016) - your little cries loud; so loud you pull my ears too my eyes too, my heart. © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • outside light The Outside Light (9/16/2018) - the night silences a city — her outside light speaking only low tones © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine
  • palm frond floating in the shallows On the low tide (5/30/2019) - young palm frond turned, green to burned gold on the low tide © 2019 Melinda J. 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)
  • inside a tree seed Of trees (6/8/2019) - keep the secrets of trees close
  • 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
  • Christmas in Retreat (12/27/2016) - 3.30am neighbours finally silent, interstate plates homed. the street has wound down to wind and a few last lights: Christmas in retreat. © 2016 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Retreat
  • Pieces of Pink (5/12/2017) - random memories fairy floss, flowers, kids, poo all my year in pink © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Pink
  • BBQ sea snake sticks Sea Snake Snack (7/2/2017) - curious me I kinda wish I’d eaten one mmm kind of © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Snack Weekly Photo Challenge: Transient I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • water colour from uncle richard Putting out fires (3/7/2019) - wet skies falling over burnt bits of land My Uncle Richard emailed me his latest watercolour a few days ago — inspired by the “water, wet skies and bits of land” (he told me) of the NSW New England. Yet all…
  • 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…
  • hand drawn strange fictitious flowers Fiction Flowers (6/18/2017) - this scribbled blossom I must have dreamed of triffids in a dusty book © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Blossom and Create I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • above the ocean textures Above the Ocean (10/24/2018) - cape. fronded textures
  • thick clouds of the islands of gigantes, Estancia Philippines. Storm (5/25/2017) - storm’s precipice monsoon strikes the mountain evanescent © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine This poem was published in 50 Haikus (Volume 1, Issue 11) a literary journal featuring only Haiku poetry in open form. Daily Post: Precipice Weekly Photo Challenge:Evanescent I’m part…
  • MATYRS (12/8/2016) - As others melt, some face summer’s heat. And two brave pink bottles protest. © 2016 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Protest and Martyr
  • close up of some weeds in front a tall tree The Rains Are Still (9/29/2017) - the rains are still and the flowers quiet stepping over mid-spring holly and a few eager blooms willing to risk the sun without water my feet crunch a tiny piece of the earth planet focused (old mountain patch) full of…
  • It’s been a long time since my hands have held my little sister (9/3/2014) - my finger tips are dry but feel well against my cracked lips today they have silenced a whisper parted barbed wire picked wattle and broken a fall cut words from a book older than my mother held a cup of…
  • marvin street art villa12 Marvin (12/13/2018) - a gentle voice speaks his heart in poems and paint A little poem for Marvin and all who speak their heart using a paintbrush. Pictured at Artivism 2.0 Iloilo City — public art with a social impact.
  • “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…
  • 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…