June Kino Cullen
Surrender For Sumiko Yokohama, Japan 1956 She spots a boy seated between his mother and father under a weeping cherry tree. Her scarred wrists bandaged like grafted branches reach for a falling petal and yearns for the son she gave to her American boyfriend. He told her his wife was barren, convinced her that the baby would have a better life in the States. Blossoms gather at her feet like lost children. She opens her purse to hold the one photo left of her son and clings to the likeness of herself reflected in his dark eyes.