1 July 2023

Cherita [22 June 1997] and Gembun [12 June 1997]

have meandered into their 27th Year from June 2023
with a young Dua sprinting after them


#7:2 of the cherita
edited by ai li

downpour is our second 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. This edition has launched in tandem with the eagerly anticipated I know the way, our second Dua Anthology of 92 moonbeams.

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


downpour is also our seventh book for 2023 and our 76th edition in the cherita series of storytelling books.


downpour belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently 76th 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/ Bryan Rickert/ Partha Sarkar/ Jackie Chou/ Larry Kimmel/ Joanna Ashwell/ Stella Damarjati/ M.R. Mandell/ Jerome Berglund/ Farahani Ibrahim/ Tim Callahan/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Tsanka Shishkova/ kris moon kondo/ Connie Pittman-Ramsey/ Jan Stretch/ Ceri Marriott/ Orrin/ Sharon Ferrante/ Pitt Büerken/ Caroline Skanne/ Sigrid Saradunn/ Keitha Keyes/ Sherry Grant/ Robert Frede Kenter/

Three sample Cherita from this edition :-

on a romantic

I think of
them together

and cry

Bryan Rickert


we fall apart

like unstrung

the jazz
of the street

Jackie Chou


his voice
has been gone
thirty years now

but his letters
are still

an audio book

ai li


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

Partha Sarkar/ Joanna Ashwell/ Tim Callahan/ Larry Kimmel/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Jan Stretch/ Sigrid Saradunn/ kris moon kondo/ Tsanka Shishkova/

downpour 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 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