Verse

The latest verse poems with a metered rhyme by Mel Irvine.

  • street art mural of a homeless girl Philippines The Outdoors Life (7/11/2017) - Do you have the grit for the outdoors life? A life where you’ll sleep not alone (but alone). Where everyone sees, but no one sees you. Where everyone knows you, but nobody knows. © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Grit…
  • Lady Goes Out For Water (10/26/2016) - lady out for water stepping to the usual place but the only water she will carry are the tears that stain her face © 2016 Melinda Irvine A different take on the wordpress weekly photo challenge: H20
  • Looking for a Poem (9/27/2016) - i’m looking for a poem you can find them everywhere waiting in the school ground on a recent-rain-soaked chair there’s a poem in the laughter and noise of children’s games there’s a poem in the waiting for a boy to…
  • river warrior River Warrior (2/23/2019) - He is beautiful. Representative of an ideal. But never forget, he can never be real.
  • purple and green leaves (1) Falling (1/8/2018) - down a rabbit hole fell i fleeing and falling left behind the blues of trees the grey of sky down the rabbit hole fell i down the rabbit hole fled i seething and calling the world behind a funnel of trees…
  • Little Snake on the Sand (12/16/2016) - little snake out on bright sand looks like Christmas folly, until zooming eyes spy bird-gripped sides and speak a sadder story. © Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Folly
  • merry christmas from our new place We’ve Moved (11/26/2018) - oh let me introduce you to our new place — we call it home and like a little prince (with mother Queen) we each of us have a throne it has a lovely concrete driveway so we’re out of all…
  • 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
  • 10 Little Soldiers (1/26/2017) - ten little soldiers standing on the ground holding up their weapons feeling very proud ten little soldiers fighting for their state fighting for their brothers fighting for their mates ten little soldiers lying brother against brother different coloured states who will…
  • christmas in september Christmas is Here (9/5/2018) - Christmas starts here September and flies right on past December Christmas light shows in January yes! It’s absolutely necessary
  • passed on spider Standoff — a sequel (9/6/2018) - I didn’t want to kill you Mr Spider But I didn’t want Jerry to be bitten either … [read part 1 here …]
  • 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…
  • Ode to the WIFI Connection (9/22/2016) - oh while you are sleeping or dreaming or driving i’m out there, somewhere looking … for WIFI you might waste a whole hour i’ll waste a whole day updating apps it’s the philippine way and so now i’m just sharing my…
  • she oak stump Where She Once Stood (10/24/2017) - her cracks remain she’d split into two but we did not expect the end of you © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Expect I’m part of Post A Day 2017 Location: Nambucca Heads (Australia)
  • The Bullock Bells (10/16/2017) - My father Robert Irvine wrote this poem while in Sydney hospital last week recovering from heart surgery (a far cry from the old dairy farm which inspired this poem). Bullock bells were the tools that allowed the early Australian settlers…
  • goddesses of plaza molo Goddesses of Molo (1/14/2018) - Oh the Goddesses of Molo stand silent all the day static, still and stationed with not a thing to say. The Goddesses of Molo underneath our little Lord six sultry sculpted women without a single word. © 2018 Melinda J.…
  • Falling (Part II) (1/17/2018) - into each loophole fell i fleeing then finding my alibi “oh i wish i knew … “ “i’m so sorry but i … “ into each loophole fell i into the loopholes rushed i always so easy leaving behind accountability…
  • “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…
  • The Land of Birthdays (8/5/2016) - there is something in my heart that make me want to … give every kid a birthday the way we used to do have all your friends come over and mum’s friends can come too we’ll play a lot of…
  • Miss Q. Cwoc (11/16/2016) - Miss Q. Cwoc had a shock all atop a tabletop. © 2016 Melinda Irvine
  • Lovingly (2/7/2017) - ‘Ghosts cannot remember their sons,’ said he. ‘But mother’s cannot forget their love’ said me. © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Lovingly
  • folorn by melinda j irvine Old Man (1/10/2018) - leaned to the stick hand raised to the sun “listen” he whispered “your time here is done” but they flouted his ‘wisdom’ hands clenched to their swords refusing kind words for shining rewards © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Post:…
  • boy and brother Boy and Brother (11/3/2019) - Taking Jerry to visit the grave of his mother on All Saints Day 2019. We also spent some time with his elder brother Ryan and his family.
  • black and white silhouette of a girl walking Hidden (7/28/2017) - soft shines the sun her mid-morning light through the beauty of the young jealous hidden night © 2017 Melinda J. Irvine Daily Prompt: Hidden I’m part of Post A Day 2017
  • 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…
  • Halo Halo (mix mix) (8/23/2015) - Halo-Halo Mix Mix, Sweet Sweet, Friendship, Halo Halo. Mix Mix Mix! © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • the side of a bell Above the Wishing Well (11/27/2017) - make your wish and ring the bell (but a few people threw in coins as well) #poetry #wishes #poem
  • Painting by Numbers (3/11/2015) - I’m painting by numbers I’m walking the line A line that’s not broken Or blurry Or fine I’m painting by numbers I’m playing the game I’m learning the rules I’m being the same I’m buttoning my blouses I’m lowering my…
  • 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…
  • Home (7/28/2016) - I arrived back ‘home’ to the Philippines on Saturday greeted by Jerry and the kids of Botongon. I was so tired I hardly remember shooting these videos of Jerry opening his presents. He was so excited and very grateful to…
  • ocean pandanus 2 Ocean Pandanus (10/19/2018) - all her life she leaned toward sea pelagic and tidal she yearned for the deep and yet she remains only brine on the breeze a blackened torn shadow over sunset stands she © 2018 Melinda J. Irvine
  • spider in the kitchen Stand-off in the Kitchen (8/23/2018) - I don’t wish to kill you Mr Spider But I don’t wish Jerry to be bitten either …
  • little boy looking down a hill Left Behind (9/10/2018) - Just because I’m small shouldn’t mean I cannot come I’m small, but very big and I want to have some fun If you’d just wait and help me Down this hill then I’d be right I only need your hand…
  • Pines (10/13/2018) - Down she fell into the tree but she never could tell which was her or the tree © 2018 Melinda J. 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…
  • black and white of a group of boys carrying a coffin No Tears For the Young (8/7/2017) - we watched him lain final life barely begun just 20 years old his song yet unsung and I wondered where God was to tell what he’d done but the silence it stationed no tears for the young and she called…
  • Trying for Fishing (12/18/2016) - He’s trying for fishing in cloudy and windy He’s trying for fishing and blown him away, He’s trying for baiting and winding and winding He’s trying or fishing or flying away. © Melinda Irvine Daily Prompt: Fishing
  • Running With Scissors (11/15/2016) - I’m running with scissors for writing this down I’m running with scissors just walking around if you lived in a place where people get killed for the people they know or the lists they could fill would you get out…