Verse

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

  • 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 hem I’m stitching quite neatly In a pattern Like them I’m painting by numbers It’s […]
  • Fiesta at the Plaza Molo (8/3/2015) - fiesta Molo’s finished the rides are stacked away children’s laughter silent dirt and mud are all remains. did they make a little ‘kwarta’? tomorrow, holds the promise of escape and though they’ll wake up somewhere different their lives are still the same. © 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
  • 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 all my family and friends who sent gifts (see videos below). Most of the toys […]
  • 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 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
  • Halo Halo (mix mix) (8/23/2015) - Halo-Halo Mix Mix, Sweet Sweet, Friendship, Halo Halo. Mix Mix Mix! © 2015 Melinda Irvine
  • 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 games and eat a lot of food then we’ll all crowd round together the great […]
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 call my name finding poems in the dustbin along with junk and broken toys in wet pot […]
  • 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
  • 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 your scissors? and break into a run? or would you lock all your gates while […]
  • North-west of Goondiwindi (11/26/2016) - I’m about 97 miles north-west of Goondiwindi I’ve got a road-train indicating: time to move along and as I pass him on his right I dip my headlights into the night and the voice in my head it’s playin’ a north-bound song I went down south, to see my mother’s brother laid into the dirt […]
  • 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
  • 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 […]
  • 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 tell their mothers? © 2017 Melinda Irvine Daily Post: Ten
  • 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 moment of praise the WIFI, it’s coming in less than 10 days! oh in less […]
  • Fifty Years (11/11/2016) - the big event is over the grandkids all gone home leftovers devoured by the dogs gifted, composted, thrown and now here I am reflecting on what it could mean to spend your life with just one person (FIFTY YEARS) of husband dogs and wife and I’m thinking of my favourite dad’s small tribute to mum […]
  • “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 […]
  • 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