1 September 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


winter lands
#7:4 of the cherita
edited by ai li


winter lands is our fourth 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 winter lands showcases 95 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, India, and Bulgaria.

winter lands is also our ninth book for 2023 and our 78th edition in the cherita series of storytelling books.


winter lands, currently 78th 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 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/ Joanna Ashwell/ Jan Stretch/ Caroline Skanne/ Larry Kimmel/ Sherry Grant/ Keitha Keyes/ Pitt Büerken/ Robert Frede Kenter/ Paulette Calasibetta/ Jackie Chou/ Pete Taylor/ Kathabela Wilson/ Stella Damarjati/ Eva Joan/ Partha Sarkar/ Diane Funston/ Tohm Bakelas/ Tsanka Shishkova/ Barry J. Vitcov/ Jimmy Pappas/ Connie Pittman-Ramsey/

Three sample Cherita from winter lands:-

i was going

to kiss you
you got old

before the clock
stopped at black

ai li


War –
a few hours away –

by airplane;
Berlin, no,
Kyiv, yes,

it started as you were dying

Robert Frede Kenter


unspoken words
into cold winter air

they disappear
without any echo

weightless like fog

Eva Joan


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

Joanna Ashwell/ Robert Frede Kenter/ Sherry Grant/ Larry Kimmel/ Eva Joan/ Tohm Bakelas/

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

copyright © ai li 2023


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