1 January 2023


A new year for Cherita [22 June 1997] and Gembun [12 June 1997]
their 26th year of being, and for our rising young contender Dua

Of new beginnings in an uncertain year
but Poetry endures
and it can keep our inner world
safe, calm and warm


cloud shadows
edition #6:8 of the cherita
edited by ai li

2023 has arrived with cloud shadows, the first edition of the cherita for this new year.
cloud shadows, edition #6:8 of the cherita, graces January with 95 virgin cherita to stave off the cold, damp and wet of all our internal winters.

This edition of cloud shadows showcases 95 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, The Philippines, Canada, Japan, India, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Bulgaria.

cloud shadows is our first book for 2023, in our sixth year of being. This is also our 70th edition in the cherita series of storytelling books.




cloud shadows belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently 70th 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/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Maxianne Berger/ Taura Scott/ Jackie Chou/ Keith Evetts/ Sigrid Saradunn/ paula song sarmonpal/ Genie Nakano/ Sharon Hawley/ Connie Pittman-Ramsey/ Anne Scott/ Mariko Kitakubo/ kris moon kondo/ Stella Damarjati/ Partha Sarkar/ Lorelyn De la Cruz Arevalo/ Pitt Büerken/ Bonnie J Scherer/ Arvinder Kaur/ Hazel Hall/ Sarah Davies/ Penny Lowery/ Eva Joan/ Sherry Grant/ Ceri Marriott/ Annie Wilson/ Tsanka Shishkova/ Mona Bedi/ Larry Kimmel/ Sayantan Sarkar/ Alexis Rotella/ Steve Black/ Barun Saha/ Vidya Premkumar/ Ram Chandran/

A SAMPLE from this edition :-

boarding call

a hug
a kiss
‘stay safe’

‘I love you’

Stella Damarjati

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

Kath Abela Wilson/ Maxianne Berger/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Taura Scott/ Keith Evetts/ Sigrid Saradunn/ Jackie Chou/ Genie Nakano/ Connie Pittman-Ramsey/ paula song sarmonpal/ Mariko Kitakubo/ Partha Sarkar/ Arvinder Kaur/ Bonnie J Scherer/ Eva Joan/ Sherry Grant/ Ceri Marriott/ Annie Wilson/ Steve Black/ Larry Kimmel/ Pitt Büerken/

cloud shadows 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
storyteller oasis