Painting by numbers

A piece by Mel Irvine, poet, aid worker, song writer and friend. 

“In January 2014 I quit my job, sacked my clients, shut down my digital marketing business and spent every cent I had volunteering in the Philippines Visayan region following Typhoon Yolanda.

I returned home obsessed, changed, uplifted and depressed all at the same time.

I sold stuff, played music in the streets (you may call this busking), received donations from family, friends and even complete strangers.

Somehow I did three trips to the Philippines in 2014; what a year!

mel irvine dancing with tent city kids estanctia iloilo

how does my life look now?

Having rid myself of all but a few material possessions, I travel this earth playing music in the street and writing the stories of the people and the places I see.

This website and blog is a record of my travels and documents the people I meet, the places I see as well as enabling my own love of self-expression through music, art and poetry.

I am here to love the people I meet, play music, listen, tell their stories and, take my time.

This is from Mel’s Love the People you Meet Blog

For Alesa


For Alesa

Some we know for years
& never really know

others we meet for a moment
& understand

Some take the road to understanding

whilst others forever run from
truths that set them free

It’s woven in stories
in the hearts of those we meet

& shifting in the rhythm
of their journey feet

By June Perkins

You can check out Alesa Lajana’s work on her site 
She has two albums, Celtic Gypsy and Secret Garden.

Hidden Histories is on its way…..

My Home Blog – Ten Year Anniversary


Thankyou so much for following the Ripply poetry blog.  You are obviously a big fan of poetry.

I have been delighted with the growth of this blog.  Nearly a 150 more people since the start of year.

It means so much that people regularly visit the blog and read the poems from myself and friends.

Just letting you know it’s coming up to  my home blog, Pearlz Dreaming’s, ten year anniversary!

Can you help me reach 2000 followers?*

In other exciting news there is a poetry book project well underway for completion and release next year?

Would love it if you and your friends joined the journey.

I share my poetry films on my home blog.

Follow  Pearlz Dreaming Blog Here.

*new goal as 1000 reached, so now aiming for 2000 and lots more engagement.

Point by Point

Flight hands – by June Perkins

If I met you face to face, I
would retrace—erase!—my heartbreak,
pain by pain,
ache by ache,
word by word,
point by point.

In search of you—just your face!—I
roam through the streets lost in disgrace,
house to house,
lane to lane,
place to place,
door to door.

My heart hopeless—broken,crushed!—I
heard it pound, till blood gushed from me,
fountain by fountain,
stream by stream,
river by river,
sea by sea.

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Golden Water – June Perkins

The garden of your lips—your cheeks!—
your perfumed hair, I wonder there,
bloom to bloom,
rose to rose,
petal to petal,
scent to scent.

Tropical Rose – June Perkins

Your eyebrow—your eye!—and the mole
on your face, somehow they tie me,
trait to trait,
kindness to kindness,
passion to passion,
love to love.

While I grieve, with love—your love!—I
will reweave the fabric of my soul,
stitch by stitch,
thread by thread,
warp by warp,
woof by woof.

Frangipani Girl – June Perkins

Last, I—Tahirih—searched my heart, I
looked line by line. What did I find?

You and you,
you and you,
you and you.

By Tahirih

To find more of the beautiful poetry of Tahirih and read about her life, CLICK HERE.

There are many readings  at the above site which has been put together by Hussein Ahdieh & Hillary Chapman who are writing a book about her.  Tahirih a 19th Century woman still inspires many today with her life, faith, story and poetry.

Images above, (c) June Perkins

Poetry in Film – Seeds of Dance

If you visit Pearlz Dreaming  by clicking on HERE  you’ll find a poetry film.

Pearlz Dreaming

I have quite a few small experimental films, which were originally to practice editing. Some of them are now useful in providing the basis for poetry films and feel worthy of a polish and share.

At the moment I am working on doing my poetry as short films. Many of these will be from the upcoming Magic Fish book

This particular one, however is nothing to do with that book, but is an early one, inspired by the dance work of Danielle Wilson. I was filming her projects and ended up writing and creating a film poem.

A voice over has recently been added to complete the film.

(c) June Perkins

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Image by June Perkins

Version 1

Water, sand, textures, light and patterns
Playing with the manual focus settings on my camera
Thinking about oneness with ocean, river, creek
Triangles and circles in the light
Light through branches
Early morning webs transfigured by sunrise
Light dancing colours on the ocean
This is my journey into abstraction.

Version 2

Triangles and circles
in the light
Reflected fragments in
hexagons of glass
Patterns of
turtle and crocodile

These once were
light through branches
Early morning webs transfigured by
Light dancing colours on the ocean
and the river

Rainforest stain glass
cathedral singing green
A city skyline
dancing into rainbow columns
praising the moon

Abstractions telling me
there’s so much universe
and so little time

(c) June Perkins

Sometimes photographs inspire words. This is just a beginning – will work with this idea a little more.