This is another post for any budding poets.
Cherita is the Malay word for story or tale. A Cherita consists of a single stanza of a one-line verse, followed by a two-line verse, and then finishing with a three-line verse. It can either be written solo or with up to three partners.
The Cherita tells a story. It was created by ai li on the 22 June 1997 in memory of her grandparents who were raconteurs extraordinaire.
Although the Cherita is straight forward in concept it is harder to write well than it might appear. I have provided a few examples of my own below.
The first of my poems included in an online Journal. is a Cherita and is included in the journal Where the river bends Page 68. If you are interested in the Cherita then looking on this site is a must
A whisper of contempt
Cast upon the waters of consternation
Ripples that become waves
Hate not given the finger
But helps it on it’s way
When the finger points
Hark at the moon, hear its silence
Bark at the moon share your madness
Lark for the moon share your joy
Stark is the moon austere with tears
Dark is the moon yet sees in the night
Hark at the moon its silence says it all
Tock Tock Tock Tock Tock Tock
The watch rested on his palm with its back off
As he watched the cogs slow to a standstill
Back on and spring wound steadily and patiently
He listened to it start its monotony
With a sigh, “You tock too much.”
Mouth waters with the pangs of passion
Tastebuds tremble and await
Another bite of ultimate sweetness
The flavour of victory succulent addiction
Yet as his gloves are tied tight the boxer knows
He must one day swallow the bitter taste of defeat
To write a good Cherita you need to focus on the concept of the poem and the word choices. Less is more Just to illustrate that.I have included a short poem I wrote and a cherita version.
Hint of sample
The cherita version
Stained fingers scratched arms
Hint of sample on lips
Purple proof on tongue
Preserves sweet summer
I don’t usually compose cherita in this way but felt this would help illustrate that much of it’s power comes from its economy of words. Less is more can be a good lesson for any form of poetry.
Thank you for reading and please I would love to see any poems inspired by this post.