peonies at twilight

Amid green leaves are three windswept peony flowers. In the upper right, a series of vertically written Kanji spell out a corresponding Haiku poem.

Peonies at Twilight (2024)

In bygone Japan it was not uncommon for privately commissioned woodblock prints, known as surimono, to incorporate poetry. Featured here is a haiku by the acclaimed writer Takahama Kyoshi (1874–1959);
The clear day in the rainy season.
The madder red of evening twilight
And instantly fades.