Waka Poem honoring Suicide Cliff

July 21, 2023

Waka poem written by the Japanese Empress during her visit to Saipan. 2005. Suicide Cliff.

At the end of this island
These women with determination
Kicked the cliff and jumped
Ah, sad to think of the power
Of their soft foot soles.

Waka Poem by Japan Empress
Waka Poems by Japan Empress and Japan Emperor
Suicide Cliff
Three flags Saipan

Nancy Bo Flood

As a fish-brain surgeon or a rodeo poem wrangler, I have loved stories. I strongly believe that words – in poetry or prose – help heal our hearts and give us new eyes to see the world. I was first a research psychologist studying brain development at the University of Minnesota and London University before following my passion – writing for children. Learn more...