1 February 2024


My two unique 27 year old short form poetry genres
have gone on to become a unique fearless trio with dua

Cherita [22 June 1997]
Gembun [12 June 1997]
Dua [4 March 2022]


#7:9 of the cherita
edited by ai li


running is our second book for 2024. 83 editions of the cherita are now available on Amazon in paperback and kindle, and so are 10 Gembun Anthologies along with 5 Dua Anthologies, with more on their way.

running is our 83rd book in the cherita series of storytelling books, with 90 virgin cherita of more timeless stories to hopefully inspire our readers and poets to join our caravanserai of storytellers.


This edition of running showcases 90 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, Japan, Germany, India and Australia.

There’s one noticeable change, which started with October’s edition of the cherita, and which will be gradually be rolled out through to the gembun and dua anthologies. This edition, as with October’s edition, will now have 90 instead of 95 poems within. My plan is to slowly but surely ensure that all our publications adhere to 90 poems throughout. This will take some time to implement but the number of poems for every publication from the 1-2-3 press and the empty press will ultimately be the same throughout.


running, currently 83rd on the list, belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, 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 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/ Ash Green/ Sigrid Saradunn/ kris moon kondo/ Bryan Rickert/ Barry J. Vitcov/ Robert Horrobin/ Eva Joan/ Kathabela Wilson/ Liz Goetz/ Laughing waters/ Jackie Chou/ John Zheng/ James Haddad/ Teri Messmer/ Larry Kimmel/ Partha Sarkar/ Sandip Chauhan/ Pitt Büerken/ Stella Damarjati/ Joanna Ashwell/ Rita Melissano/

Three sample Cherita from running :

a grain
of sand

on this scorched soil

our footprints
once again


Laughing waters




it comes back to me again

the end and the beginning
over the ocean
from the top of the stairs

his sunset …your moonrise
simultaneously spoken


Kathabela Wilson



a white line of foam

where the river meets
the sea

a memory
of glass polished
to sand

Robert Horrobin


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

Bryan Rickert/ Robert Horrobin/ Jackie Chou/ Kathabela Wilson/ Partha Sarkar/ Larry Kimmel/

running 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


creator of cherita, gembun, dua
and of 19 other unique and original linked forms
storyteller oasis

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