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    example 1:
 

recently orphaned adult

seven billion living souls
yet i am from no one

disquieting thoughts
elusive sleep
my children make me smile

 

    example 2:
 

most glorious day

age sixteen milestone
driving test passed

shared joy with
best friend who
failed three times

 

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Poetry form: cherita
(pronounced CHAIR-rita)

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. The line lengths are at the poet’s discretion. It can either be written solo or by up to three partners.

The cherita tells a story. It was created by ai li (a UK poet and artist) on June 22, 1997, in memory of her grandparents who were raconteurs extraordinaire. It was also inspired by Larry Kimmel’s sensitive recognition of a shorter form contained within the opening three-verse stanza of ai li’s LUNENGA, which had been created on May 27, 1997.

Variations of the cherita include the Cheriga (a melange of cherita and haiga), Cheribun (a word melange of cherita and haibun), and the Cherita Terbalik (inverted cherita). 

cherita
was 25 years old
on June 22, 2022

Read more at ai li’s website https://www.thecherita.com

Graphic design by Mark Toney using canva.com

 

cherita poetry form

 

example 1: recently orphaned adult seven billion living souls yet i am from no one disquieting thoughts elusive sleep my children make me smile example 2: most glorious day age sixteen milestone driving test passed shared joy with best friend who failed three times

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Date: 7/8/2022 9:48:00 AM
These are each so different, I am drawn to the philosophical pull of the first, but also like the humor in the second, both well written~
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Mark Toney
Date: 7/8/2022 10:28:00 AM
Thank you, Michelle. I have always appreciated your succinct comments on my poetry. Best wishes to you.
Date: 7/7/2022 9:51:00 AM
These are simply delightful, Mark. I must give this form a try. I suppose we here on the Soup could list it under "verse?"
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Mark Toney
Date: 7/7/2022 10:10:00 AM
Thank you, Milton, I’m glad you like the form. I chose free verse, but verse would work too. :)