1 October 2023

Cherita [22 June 1997] and Gembun [12 June 1997]
have meandered into their 27th Year from June 2023
with an energetic Dua sprinting after them


she saw
#7:5 of the cherita
edited by ai li


she saw is our fifth edition of the cherita in our 27th year of being, with 95 virgin cherita of more timeless stories to hopefully inspire our readers and poets to join our caravanserai of storytellers.

This edition of she saw showcases 95 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, Germany, Australia, Canada, India and Bulgaria.

she saw is also our tenth book for 2023 and our 79th edition in the cherita series of storytelling books.

There will be one noticeable change, starting with this edition of the cherita, and which will be gradually be rolled out through to the gembun and dua anthologies. From this edition on, all editions of the cherita will eventually 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.


she saw, currently 79th 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 :-

ai li/ Joanna Ashwell/ Sherry Grant/ Pitt Büerken/ Larry Kimmel/ Keitha Keyes/ Jan Stretch/ Partha Sarkar/ Barry J. Vitcov/ Stella Damarjati/ Diane Funston/ Pete Taylor/ Kathabela Wilson/ Tsanka Shishkova/ dan smith / Penny Lowery/ Robert Horrobin/ Laughing waters/ Orrin Préjean/ Caroline Skanne/ Eva Joan/ Geoffrey Winch/

Three sample Cherita from she saw :-

by candlelight

Larry Kimmel


in the aftermath
of the past

I learn
to be

wind and water

Stella Damarjati




in the hills

Kathabela Wilson


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

Kathabela Wilson/ Caroline Skanne/ Robert Horrobin/ Joanna Ashwell/

she saw 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