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


the aroma
edition #5:7 of the cherita
edited by ai li


This edition of the aroma showcases 92 fine cherita and cherita terbalik from writers and poets who hail from UK, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, India, Romania, the Philippines, Canada, Japan and Australia.

the aroma is our twelfth book for 2021. This is also our 57th edition in the cherita series of storytelling books and our last edition for 2021. I would like to wish all our loyal and dedicated Cherita contributors and readers a very Merry Christmas, the best of the season, calm and safe holidays, and good health for 2022 and beyond.


the aroma belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently 57th on the list, as do my personal ongoing writing in one breath series of 19 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/ Patricia Prime/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Jackie Chou/ Partha Sarkar/ Joanna Ashwell/ Peter Jastermsky/ Joan Stern/ Taura Scott/ ai li/ S.Radhamani/ Sherry Grant/ Sharon Hawley/ James Haddad/ Larry Kimmel/ Cynthia Anderson/ Lakshmi Iyer/ Bryan Rickert/ Orrin/ Ron Scully/ Alan Peat/ Neena Singh/ Ram Chandran/ Réka Nyitrai/ Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Charles Harmon/ steve black/ Diane Funston/ Maxianne Berger/ kris kondo/ Stella Damarjati/ Connor Orrico/ Joanne Kennedy Frazer/ Barun Saha/ Afta Gley/ Partha Sarkar/ Peter Larsen/

A SAMPLE from this edition :-

in that old

and slow
world of
my youth

the lost beauty
that will come later

ai li

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

Joanna Ashwell/ Cynthia Anderson/ Lakshmi Iyer/ Larry Kimmel/ Alan Peat/ Ram Chandran/ Réka Nyitrai/ / Madeleine Basa Vinluan/ Jackie Chou/ Orrin/ Connor Orrico/ Joanne Kennedy Frazer/ James Haddad/ Diane Funston/

the aroma 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