2022 – Cherita and Gembun’s Silver Jubilee year
22 June 1997 – 22 June 2022


leaving you a note
edition #5:9 of the cherita
edited by ai li


February 1st will bring in the fabulous Chinese Year of the Tiger with a roar and I would like to wish all our storytellers and readers worldwide a joyous, safe and healthy new year.

This edition of leaving you a note showcases 92 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, India, Romania, the Philippines, Trinidad, Bulgaria and Germany.

leaving you a note is our second book for Cherita’s Silver Jubilee Year of 2022. This is also our 59th edition in the cherita series of storytelling books.




Here’s another short update on the proposed Gembun Anthology – Your grasp of Gembun is inspiring and what I am being sent spurs me on to ensure that this forthcoming Anthology will live up its own unique style of storytelling in 4-5 lines. After all, Gembun and Cherita share the same year of birth and it is only natural that they should each celebrate storytelling with Life, Love, Loss and Renewal as their foundation themes.

Full details on the link below if you have not, as yet, sent in your Gembun for consideration.




morning rain

the sound
an empty room

ai li

a gembun from the weight of rain

The Gembun was created on 12 June 1997 and Cherita on 22 June 1997, and they will both celebrate their silver jubilee in June 2022. Gembun is also a minimal and unique linked form that consists of either a one-word or one sentence first link, followed by a haiku of up to 4 lines. Gembun has to include an element of suggestion in either the opening sentence/link, the haiku or in both.

Fine examples by Larry Kimmel, Joanna Ashwell and myself can be found, along with Gembun’s original guidelines on my personal website www.aili.co.uk




leaving you a note belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently 59th on the list, as do my personal ongoing writing in one breath series of 22 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 :-

Jackie Chou/ Peter Jastermsky/ Bryan Rickert/ ai li/ Patricia Prime/ Sharon Hawley/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Taura Scott/ Joanna Ashwell/ Madhuri Pillai/ Larry Kimmel/ Cynthia Anderson/ Tia Haynes/ John Hawkhead/ Hifsa Ashraf/ Orrin/ Ram Chandran/ Réka Nyitrai/ Alan Peat/ steve black/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Joanne Kennedy Frazer/ Connor Orrico/ Peter Larsen/ James Haddad/ Barun Saha/ Gillena Cox/ Stella Damarjati/ Tsanka Shishkova/ Keith Evetts/ Jim Niffen/ Connie Pittman Ramsey/ Don Baird/ Daniela Becher/ S. Radhamani/ Sherry Grant/ eva joan/ Tim Gardiner/ M.J.Iuppa/ Sarah Davies/ Susan Burch/ Keitha Keyes/ Isabella Kramer/ Neena Singh/ Laughing Waters/ Grace Galton/ Penny Lowery/ Partha Sarkar/

A SAMPLE from this edition :-


when it ends

you won’t be there

the moon
of love


ai li


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

Jackie Chou/ Sharon Hawley/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Taura Scott/ Joanna Ashwell/ Madhuri Pillai/ Larry Kimmel/ Bryan Rickert/ Tia Haynes/ Peter Jastermsky/ Réka Nyitrai/ Alan Peat/ Joanne Kennedy Frazer/ Connor Orrico/ Ram Chandran/ Gillena Cox/ Stella Damarjati/ Tsanka Shishkova/ Jim Niffen/ Connie Pittman Ramsey/ Don Baird/ eva joan/ M.J.Iuppa/ Sarah Davies/ Isabella Kramer/ Keith Evetts/

leaving you a note 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