Cherita is now 24 years old
22 June 1997 – 22 June 2021


dark to light
edition #5:6 of the cherita
edited by ai li


This edition of dark to light showcases 91 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, India, Poland, Pakistan, Canada, the Philippines and Romania.

dark to light is our eleventh book for 2021. This is also our 56th edition in the cherita series of storytelling books.



dark to light belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently 56th on the list, as do my personal ongoing writing in one breath series of 18 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.

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/ Jackie Chou/ Patricia Prime/ Stella Damarjati/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Taura Scott/ George Swede/ Sherry Grant/ Peter Jastermsky/ Larry Kimmel/ S.Radhamani/ Paweł Markiewic/ Keitha Keyes/ Sharon Hawley/ Alan Peat/ Cynthia Anderson/ Partha Sarkar/ Joanna Ashwell/ James Haddad/ Keith Evetts/ Sigrid Saradunn/ Bryan Rickert/ Lakshmi Iyer/ Orrin/ Simon Williams/ Hifsa Ashraf/ John Hawkhead/ Rie Sheridan Rose/ Neena Singh/ Ram Chandran/ Debbie Strange/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Réka Nyitrai/ Charles Harmon/ steve black/ Lynne Jambor/ Diane Funston/ Maxianne Berger/ Ron Scully/ Mona Bedi/

A SAMPLE from this edition :-


last night you lingered
and spoke to me

in broken chinese
we are both
far from home

ai li

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

Patricia Prime/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Jackie Chou/ Peter Jastermsky/ Larry Kimmel/ / Cynthia Anderson/ Joanna Ashwell/ James Haddad/ Alan Peat/ Rie Sheridan Rose/ Debbie Strange/ Sherry Grant/ Réka Nyitrai/ Charles Harmon/ Bryan Rickert/ Keith Evetts/ Mona Bedi/

dark to light 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 a feedback directly to me. Many thanks.

ai li
storyteller oasis