edition 5:1 of the cherita
anniversary edition

edited by ai li


celebrating 24 years of Cherita
22 June 1997 – 22 June 2021



the breath

a story
made concrete

ai li

copyright © ai li 2021


This edition of silence showcases 90 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, India, Romania and Canada.


As this is the 24th birthday of the Cherita genre, I have decided to also release the word healers, an Anthology of selected timeless Cherita from several earlier editions of the cherita, accompanied by a new Cherita book of mine – their wind songs, to celebrate this joyous occasion.


silence is our sixth edition for 2021 and the anniversary edition to start off our fifth year of being. This is also our 51st edition in the cherita series of storytelling books, and growing fast.

Cherita will be 24 years old on 22 June 2021.


silence belongs to the ongoing the cherita series,  as do my personal ongoing writing in one breath series of 17 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 and Loss.

cherita terbalik continues to capture the imagination of poets and there are again fine examples in this edition.

Featured Poets as they appear in silence :-


Patricia Prime/ Kath Abela Wilson/ ai li/ Larry Kimmel/ Sherry Grant/ Jackie Chou/ Stella Damarjati/ Keitha Keyes/ Peter Jastermsky/ James Haddad/ Cynthia Anderson/ D’ellen/ Partha Sarkar/ Caroline Skanne/ Rie Sheridan Rose / Ruth Kay/ Réka Nyitrai / Bryan Rickert/ Orrin/ John J. Han/ Lakshmi Iyer/ Joanna Ashwell/ Neena Singh/ Barun Saha/ Maxianne Berger/ Royal Rhodes/ Caitlin M.S. Buxbaum/ S.Radhamani/ Pat Geyer/

EXAMPLE OF WORK from silence :-

reading a poem
about cicadas

I realize

there are none
left to sing in this
cool autumn air

Bryan Rickert


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

Jackie Chou/ Larry Kimmel/ Bryan Rickert/ Orrin/ Kath Abela Wilson



silence 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