Cynicism met with scorn


on avenue of sad cafes

drones placing orders


java poured in cardboard cups

hours old and potent

ready to kick your ass


Author's Notes/Comments: 

A variation called a cherita.  Like haiku, senryu and tanka, cheritas normally are not titled.  I'm an egomaniac so I feel that I must add a title--plus it is a required field.  The poem has six lines: a single line, a couplet and a tercet.

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I Googled Cherita

Per Wikipedia: "Cherita (pronounced CHAIR-rita) is a linked poetry form of one-, two-, and three-line stanzas.

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. 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 was created May 27, 1997. The cherita arose out of the English-language haiku and tanka tradition, but is more anecdotal, or nano-narrative, in nature than are the “momentary” haiku and the more lyrical tanka, though it is easily adaptable to lyrical expression. It is imagistic and depends on conciseness and suggestion for its effect.

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The “Cherita” is a creation of ai li, the founding editor of “still: home for short verse,” and now its independent e-zine offshoot “dew-on-line.”


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good stuff.  I learn new

good stuff.  I learn new stuff every day