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Eishosai Choki: Hunting for Fireflies - Honolulu Museum of Art

(Honolulu Museum of Art. Fireflies by

Eishosai Choki, c 1793)


She had to pretend

she was unaware of things:

to evade the one;

she admitted another.

The prince brought jars of fireflies

and released them round her face.

She raised a coy fan

and her profile was charming.

A brief glimpse of radiance

was mesmerising,

re-kindling his heart’s bright flame.

He showed great restraint.

On The Day of the Iris,

he knew love was taking root.