1 December 2023


The Cherita and The Gembun
[22 June 1997] & [12 June 1997]
are both now 27 Years Old
with an ebullient Dua at their heels


lighthouse keeper
#7:7 of the cherita
edited by ai li

lighthouse keeper is our last edition for 2023 but what will 2024 bring forth? 81 editions of the cherita are now available on Amazon in paperback and kindle, and so are 9 Gembun Anthologies along with 4 Dua Anthologies, with more on their way. I hope to have some exciting surprises lined up for you in 2024.

lighthouse keeper is our 81st book in the cherita series of storytelling books, with 90 virgin cherita of more timeless stories to hopefully inspire our readers and poets to join our caravanserai of storytellers.

This edition of lighthouse keeper showcases 90 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, Canada, Bulgaria, Japan, Germany and Australia.

There’s one noticeable change, which started with October’s edition of the cherita, and which will be gradually be rolled out through to the gembun and dua anthologies. This edition, as with October’s edition, will now have 90 instead of 95 poems within. My plan is to slowly but surely ensure that all our publications adhere to 90 poems throughout. This will take some time to implement but the number of poems for every publication from the 1-2-3 press and the empty press will ultimately be the same throughout.


lighthouse keeper, currently 81st on the list, belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, as do my personal ongoing writing in one breath series of virgin Cherita, Cherita and Tanka, Cherita and Haiku, and Cherita, Tanka and Haiku books, and lastly my poems for inner rooms series with its 18 Tanka and Haiku books. All these editions are available in paperback and kindle on Amazon.

Two of my own books of virgin Gembun, the weight of rain and blank screen, and my two books of Dua, the journey east and dancing shoes have all been added to my writing in one breath series.

I have edited this edition as I have all the other editions of the cherita, to be experienced two ways. It can be read as one storybook but also as an anthology of individual poems. Two reading experiences within one book, filled with stories of Life, Love, Loss and Renewal.

Cherita terbalik continues to capture the imagination of poets and there are again fine examples in this edition.

Featured Poets as they appear in this edition :-

Joanna Ashwell/ ai li/ Jan Stretch/ Larry Kimmel/ Barry J. Vitcov/ Kathabela Wilson/ Jackie Chou/ Paulette Calasibetta/ James Haddad/ Tsanka Shishkova/ Debbie Strange/ Ash Green/ Allison Douglas-Tourner/ Pete Taylor/ Sigrid Saradunn/ kris moon kondo/ Bryan Rickert/ Rita Melissano/ Pitt Büerken/ Stella Damarjati/

Three sample Cherita from lighthouse keeper:-

deepening snow

make no sound

but I can hear
my breath


Debbie Strange


moonlight fingers
reaching through
the blind

on the wall…

a love poem


Allison Douglas-Tourner





Pete Taylor


the cherita lighthouse has been awarded to the following writers and poets in this edition for their timeless Cherita :

Joanna Ashwell/ Debbie Strange/ Allison Douglas-Tourner/ Pete Taylor/ Ash Green/ Bryan Rickert/ Jan Stretch/ Larry Kimmel

lighthouse keeper has been edited to be experienced two ways. It can be read as a storybook and as an anthology of individual poems.



I have enjoyed the challenge of selecting and collating for this edition of the cherita and hope that you will find the cherita within worthy of a campfire gathering and the sharing of meaningful stories.

If this new edition strikes a chord with you, please feel free to review, comment on Amazon or give feedback directly to me. Many thanks.

ai li


creator of cherita, gembun, dua
and of 19 other unique and original linked forms
storyteller oasis