Sea Bluff by FR Dane 2011
Sea Bluff by FR Dane 2011

June Kino Cullen

        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.



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