1 June 2023


From June 2023
Cherita [22 June 1997] and Gembun [12 June 1997]
celebrate their 27th Year
with a young Dua fast on their heels


night thoughts
anniversary edition
#7:1 of the cherita
edited by ai li

night thoughts is our anniversary edition for June 2023 of the cherita with 95 virgin cherita of more timeless stories to hopefully inspire our readers and poets. This edition has launched in tandem with dream sequence, my 13th book of 90 exclusively cherita which celebrates the cherita anniversary.

This edition of night thoughts showcases 95 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, India, Japan, Germany, Canada, Australia, Bulgaria, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand and China.


I am also doubly excited to welcome, in this anniversary edition, our very first cherita poet from Malaysia.

night thoughts is our sixth book for 2023, which begins our seventh year of being from June. This is also our 75th edition in the cherita series of storytelling books


night thoughts
belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently 75th on the list, 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 now 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 :-

ai li/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Taura Scott/ Jackie Chou/ Steve Black/ Joanna Ashwell/ Keith Evetts/ Sigrid Saradunn/ Partha Sarkar/ Sharon Hawley/ James Haddad/ kris moon kondo/ Pitt Büerken/ Bryan Rickert/ Sharon Ferrante/ Connie Pittman-Ramsey/ Jan Stretch/ Larry Kimmel/ Stella Damarjati/ Tsanka Shishkova/ Greg Asa/ Ceri Marriott/ Jerome Berglund/ Robert Horrobin/ Angela Giordano/ M.R. Mandell/ Farahani Ibrahim/ Diane Funston/ Caroline Skanne/ Eva Joan/ Sherry Grant/ David Cox/

Three sample Cherita from this anniversary edition :-

what if

there is no light
there is no chorus

there are no angels
the pearly gates are locked
it’s just dirt.

M.R. Mandell


an empty bottle

I leave
at her door

it will glisten
with the others

Jackie Chou


just knowing you’re here

another heart
in the next room

it’s enough
it’s enough

Connie Pittman-Ramsey


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

Steve Black/ Joanna Ashwell/ Bryan Rickert/ Connie Pittman-Ramsey/ Larry Kimmel/ Tsanka Shishkova/ Jackie Chou/ Angela Giordano/ M.R. Mandell/ Diane Funston/ Sharon Ferrante/ David Cox/

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


ai li is the editor and publisher of the cherita. She is an internationally published Haiku, Tanka, Cherita, Gembun and Dua poet and the founding editor and publisher of still, moving into breath and dew-on-line.

N.B. Please be aware that all Kindle versions now match the paperback versions and do not contain any colour images.

ai li
storyteller oasis