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
  • Bamboo Beam (8/16/2016) - tita mel can i? no! tita mel please can i? no! tita mellllll … no! © 2016 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
  • Out the Window of the Bus (9/24/2016) - is our saturday morning. Our funny little family strengthens. © 2016 mel irvine
  • footprints by Melinda J. Irvine Creature (2/10/2018) - seeing someone’s feet in the city sludge, I fall © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Creature I’m part of Post A Day 2018 Location: Iloilo City (Philippines)
  • After the funeral (9/4/2014) - the headlights arrive at night our fire brings them in strangely we answer their questions we still don’t know who they are death endorses questions “what is THAT?” they ask the fire roars in triumph all you can hear is fire lights back on and leave and in the morning ash as grey as answers […]
  • November Reign (11/17/2016) - Sometimes it takes paints and hands to help us see. Our streets are always art. © 2016 Melinda Irvine This post is also my contribution to the Blogging-U course Photography: Developing Your Eye II (Day 9 Double).
  • And Music Filled the Old Church Once Again (10/4/2017) - Wandering the historic village of Hartley (just west of the Blue Mountains in NSW), we were thrilled when the men restoring the old Saint Bernard’s Catholic Church unlocked the front door. My Uncle Richard, whose interest in sacred  music and old church organs goes back decades and decades, delighted everyone with a short piece from […]
  • 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 […]
  • Unpeopled House (12/10/2016) - Your tangled garden and cobwebbed windows sit quiet, but tell of the missing. © 2016 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Missing
  • rock pool with wind ripples Cloudy (11/14/2018) - rock pool shook by the north shrilled wind cloudy
  • Big (9/9/2016) - i don’t need your help to eat my food i use a fork (i’m far too big for a spoon) © 2106 Melinda Irvine
  • 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: […]
  • Someday (1/13/2017) - We will watch the sunset painting names in bright colours (like a family). © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Someday
  • Jerry reaching for fruit on the tree Endless Energy (6/22/2017) - Jerry my little loop-de-loop from sun to gone, it sleeps but it never stops © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Loop I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • 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 […]
  • one white daisy Along the Rural Road (11/13/2018) - neat rows of pointed pines along the rural road one wild daisy
  • a ripening corn field Over the Corn (8/30/2016) - freshened sun shimmers the not-quite harvest season gold and greens alight © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • small white flowers Aloft (7/5/2017) - little white sail inside a green sea aloft © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post: Sail I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • “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 […]
  • Praying for a New Moon (2/1/2017) - This moon has a scent black and pungent a small crack surrounded in smoke. It slashes at your door when the lights are gone, and demands a daughter. She bargained herself for her small sister’s stead (did the little girl see what her sister did not?) while we’ve locked into ourselves. Some of us inside steel […]
  • blue mountains at blackheath NSW Something Mighty (9/27/2017) - over the mountains I flew tiny fragments of life passed on below something mighty in their whisper it brought me back © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Mighty and Crumb I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • gasoline in pepsi bottles Don’t Drink the Pink (8/17/2017) - In the Philippines don’t drink the pink pepsi You might find her a little too spicy … © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Spicy I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • 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 […]
  • Just Sand (12/24/2016) - Here I am ‘home’. And my passport, driver’s licence and cards all agree. And so I wander the lonely beaches here every day looking for new poems and pictures to discover, and hide from everything like Christmas or old friends or the fact that my heart is breaking because you are my home now and […]
  • 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
  • She Will Remain (1/6/2017) - She lies behind you another century, back turned she will remain. © 2017 Melinda Irvine Weekly Photo Challenge: Resilient
  • Warmth (11/18/2016) - Captivated, I am out of the car, barefeet sanded shooting light. © 2016 Melinda Irvine This is my contribution to the Blogging-U course Photography: Developing Your Eye II (Day 1 Warmth).
  • 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
  • No Extra Charge for Ants (8/20/2016) - i know we think our medical system is flawed (most likely it is) BUT have you ever seen an australian baby in our hospitals fanned by an old piece of cardboard, their IV drip hung on a window latch, and ants crawling over their little body while their tired mum wonders how she will pay for […]
  • the public market (6/1/2016) - hanging resting smoking standing waiting © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • 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
  • 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 […]
  • 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
  • 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 […]
  • A Simple Island Life (5/9/2017) - Each morning begins before the sun appears over the cliff raining daylight along the leeward living below our 21st century sun. Monkeys grab at fruit scraps (sometime pets) a few chickens and fecund dogs wander a small shore. Children squeal to the high tide where fathers disappear aft along the rough netted and roped they […]
  • Echo (12/3/2016) - Sound travels differently under the water. The familiar becoming noise, or the nothing become sound. Under the water each breath becomes a bubble, strangely reverberating I am an echo. © 2016 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Echo I shot this video at Wolf Rock off Rainbow Beach (Queensland) Australia in 2007. Wolf Rock is enclosed by a […]
  • The Edge of the Moon (11/14/2016) - somewhere by the edge of the moon sits history. everything past. © 2016 Melinda Irvine © 2016 Melinda Irvine This is my contribution to the Blogging-U course Photography: Developing Your Eye II (Day 8 Edge).
  • 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