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Cherita is the Malay word for "story" or "tale". A cherita consists of a one-line stanza, followed by a two-line stanza, and then finishing with a three-line stanza. It can either be written solo or by up to three partners. The cherita tells a story.

age old lessons

becoming the river

that leads to the sea

how slowly

broken bits of leaf




mother adds a new totem

to her altar

every time I think

I know her

I don't


leaning in

to pet the wild osprey
in the aviculturist’s hand

I forget
the consequences
of wild things


Complete List of Cherita Publications

The Cherita “the slight bend in his neck” (2:5, October 2018)
The Cherita “bluebirds” (2:4, September 2018)
The Cherita”the nightmare that wakes me” (2:3 August 2018)
The Cherita “mom’s puckered lips” (2:3, August 2018)
The Cherita “a cow patty” (2:3, August 2018)
The Cherita “neither of us” (2:3, August 2018)
The Cherita “the more I close my mouth” (2:2, July 2018)
The Cherita “learning later” (2:2, July 2018)
The Cherita “light” (2:2, July 2018)
The Cherita “bringing bits and pieces” (2:2, July 2018)
The Cherita “listening to ragas” (2:1, June 2018)
The Cherita “age old lessons” (2, May 2018)
The Cherita “leaning in” (2, May 2018)
The Cherita “asleep on my chest ” (find me: 3, August 2017)
The Cherita “three-year-old stories” (find me: 3, August 2017)
The Cherita, “blushed cheeks” (where the river bends: 3, August 2017)
The Cherita, “father’s heart attack” (let it rain: 5, October 2017)