the sweetness
edition 5:3 of the cherita
edited by ai li

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


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


the sweetness is our eighth edition for 2021. This is also our 53rd edition in the cherita series of storytelling books, and growing fast.

the sweetness belongs to the ongoing the cherita series, currently 53rd on the list, 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, 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/ Jackie Chou/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Bryan Rickert/ Larry Kimmel/ Taura Scott/ John J. Han/ S. Radhamani/ Joanna Ashwell/ Caitlin M.S. Buxbaum/ Neena Singh/ Barun Saha/ James Haddad/ Lakshmi Iyer/ Patricia Prime/ Royal Rhodes/ Stella Damarjati/ Gayle Sweeper/ Mirela Brăilean/ Gauri Dixit/ S. Radhamani/ Peter Jastermsky/ eva joan/ Joan Stern/ Allyson Chen/ Isabella Kramer/ Keitha Keyes/ Caroline Skanne/ Paweł Markiewicz/ Ruth Kay/ Abundio Noel M. Libot/ Richa Sharma/ Alan Peat/ Robert Horrobin/ Cynthia Anderson/ Dottie Piet/ Sherry Grant/ Tim Callahan/

A SAMPLE from this edition :-

my dog and I sit
on the porch

take in the evening’s calm

enjoy the scent
fresh mown hay

Larry Kimmel

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

Jackie Chou/ Larry Kimmel/ Gauri Dixit/ Neena Singh/ James Haddad/ Taura Scott/ Kath Abela Wilson/ Patricia Prime/ Peter Jastermsky/ Caroline Skanne/ Paweł Markiewicz/ Richa Sharma/

the sweetness 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