What are the initial images in the poem "Love Should Grow Up Like a Wild Iris in the Fields"?
Strange as it may seem, there will be some readers who have not seen a domestically grown iris, let alone a wild iris. Hopefully a quick Internet search can give you the general description of an iris. In the first seven lines the images are drawn from the natural areas out of which a wild iris should grow. Love is like the wild iris, and should grow naturally, spontaneously, out of nature and the place in which it finds itself. In the next eight lines the scene of imagery shifts to a totally contrasting location in the kitchen, where meals and a table are the major objects, and where the mother is “not quite / hysterical.” Both sections of imagery end with the comparable phrases “but does not,” and “but never does.”