edition #5:4 of the cherita
edited by ai li


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


This edition of raindrops showcases 91 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, India, New Zealand, Australia, Romania, Germany, Poland, and Pakistan.


raindrops is our ninth edition for 2021. This is also our 54th edition in the cherita series of storytelling books.


raindrops belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently 54th 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/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Jackie Chou/ Joanna Ashwell/ Neena Singh/ John J. Han/ Larry Kimmel/ Barun Saha/ Patricia Prime/ Stella Damarjati/ Mirela Brăilean/ James Haddad/ S. Radhamani/ Taura Scott/ Peter Jastermsky/ Isabella Kramer/ Caroline Skanne/ Keitha Keyes/ Ruth Kay/ Paweł Markiewicz/ Alan Peat/ Sherry Grant/ Richa Sharma/ Sharon Hawley/ Cynthia Anderson/ Partha Sarkar/ Mira Mataric/ Maxianne Berger/ Lynne Jambor/ Kris Moon/ Keith Evetts/ Carol Jones/ Hifsa Ashraf/ John Hawkhead/ Daniela Becher/ Erika Wilk/ Bryan Rickert/ Lakshmi Iyer/ Robert Horrobin/


A SAMPLE from this edition :-


it nags, but

damn it, all I want
is to stand on the porch

and watch
the red leaves

Larry Kimmel


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

Joanna Ashwell/ Neena Singh/ Larry Kimmel/ Jackie Chou/ Stella Damarjati/ Peter Jastermsky/ S.Radhamani/ Isabella Kramer/ Caroline Skanne/ Ruth Kay/ Alan Peat/ Richa Sharma/ Carol Jones/ Keith Evetts/ kris moon/ Maxianne Berger/ Lynne Jambor/ Bryan Rickert/ Cynthia Anderson/ Robert Horrobin/ Sherry Grant/ Paweł Markiewicz/ Mirela Brăilean/ Taura Scott/ Kath Abela Wilson/

raindrops 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