(the iris) Written by Melissa Allen Photo by jo-h . spring rain the lips and throat of the iris . DailyHaiku 8/23/11 . Share this:FacebookTwitterPrintEmailLike this:Like Loading... Related 13 thoughts on “(the iris)” sumptuous ! Reply Thanks! Reply !! Reply Too much? Reply had to delete my first 4 impulses. That’s all that was left. Reply direct, yes. Too much? I don’t think so. A fresh take on territory Marlene Mountain touches on with: morning-glory folds into herself into her folds Reply Wow… I’d missed that one of Marlene’s. Must write it down. I’m glad you don’t think it’s over the top, I trust your instincts on these matters. I am kind of wondering if the O’Keeffe-y image might be too directive. “Get it? Get it?” I really, really want to know what your first 4 impulses were. Reply I work at a museum that owns an O’Keeffe pastel of an orchid. Ravishing, and as a metaphor, explicit. It’s effective, though, because it’s also a frank portrayal. That is, after all, what an orchid looks like from that angle and in that light. The metaphor comes from the viewer, and isn’t nature amazing. We refer to parts of plants and parts of us in similar ways. In part because our parts possess similarities, and also because we are looking for them. You are playing with description vs. nomenclature, and that’s also interesting. I suppose it’s true that the image expands on, or describes, the haiku. On the other hand, as pat said, sumptuous. Reply Very beautiful! Reply Thank you! Reply You know I love, love, LOVE this one! Reply Even without the image, the words conjure O’Keeffe. What’s not to love? Reply Thanks, Margaret! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.