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B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – January 30, 2016

Hello Folks … there’s been a bit of a mix-up today but never fear we’re on hand to present you with a new poetry challenge!

Today I thought we’d look at a “Cherita”.  Cherita (pronounced CHAIR-rita) is a linked poetry form of one-, two-, and three-line stanzas.  Cherita is Malay for story in fact:

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 raconteur 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.

Pasted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherita

And here’s a sample:

after seeing you off

taking the path along
the canal

a rustle of
leaves
underfoot

© Larry Kimmel

and

his bedtime story

the never-ending tales
of enchantment

now you see them
now you don’t
night fairies

© ai li

So, restated:

A 6 line poem in three separate stanzas, a single line, a couplet, then a tercet.
Each stanza is a complete strophe
The line lengths are at the poets’ discretion
The poem should be presented, centered and untitled.
It should be imagistic and concise.

Now, for a little inspiration!

Once you’ve written your Cherita or if you prefer one of the variations of the Shadorma either inspired by the above photo or maybe by your own art-work, please tag your post: Mindlovesmisery Menagerie and B&P Shadorma and Beyond then add  your link to the Mr. Linky App below.

Have yourself a great week,  Bastet.

 

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About Bastet

I love to read...I like to write...I've travelled the world and seen the sites. I'm past my prime and feel so young, especially when near the young. I'm writing this blog, to remember, to think and to share...with the hopes that someone else will make a comment that will stimulate new thoughts and pathways. Actually, I'm a gabber, so the logical extension of gabbing is blogging! ;-)

33 comments on “B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – January 30, 2016

  1. Melinda Kucsera
    January 30, 2016

    lovely examples. I like the form 🙂

    • Bastet
      January 30, 2016

      Glad you like the form .. I’m looking forward to see your poem! 🙂

      • Melinda Kucsera
        January 30, 2016

        I’m trying to figure out where to work it in. My poetic storyline for the moment is written in sonnets.

      • Bastet
        January 30, 2016

        Then this will really be a bit of a challenge … I haven’t tried this form myself and it will be an adventure for me also .. but as I do a lot of my work in haiku form it might not be quite so great a change from what I’m used to.

      • Melinda Kucsera
        January 30, 2016

        You have me at a disadvantage then. I have written very little of the micro forms but I love reading what others write in those forms 🙂

      • Bastet
        January 31, 2016

        Then for you it’ll be an adventure … a way to write out of the box! Bonne chance 🙂

      • Melinda Kucsera
        January 31, 2016

        Is that your way of throwing down the gauntlet? 😉 I think my muse just ran for cover.

      • Bastet
        January 31, 2016

        LOL .. not at all – I don’t throw down gauntlets! Only remarking that the form is different what you usually write. (Sorry to scare your muse!)

      • Melinda Kucsera
        January 31, 2016

        Ah he’ll be back. He knows I have a lot of writing to do 🙂 aw no poetic duel? I’ll go but my rapier back in storage… 😉 I love that we can joke like this! You’re making me smile and I thank you for it. It was a tough week.

      • Bastet
        February 1, 2016

        I’m terribly sorry it was a rough week .. knowing something about rough times I prefer to search out happy smiley things when I can ..

      • Melinda Kucsera
        February 1, 2016

        I am searching hard for those smiley things…life just keeps piling up the bad though…I hope there will be a light at the end of this tunnel and soon!

      • Bastet
        February 1, 2016

        I’m sure routing for you … and sending happy chocolatey thoughts …

      • Melinda Kucsera
        February 1, 2016

        oooo chocolatey thoughts are best! Thank you!

      • Bastet
        February 1, 2016

        You’re very welcome.

      • Melinda Kucsera
        February 1, 2016

        😀

  2. writersdream9
    January 30, 2016

    Ohhh! I’m looking forward to this! Thanks, Georgia!

    • Bastet
      January 31, 2016

      🙂 So glad you like it!

  3. Paloma
    January 30, 2016

    Thank you for filling in for me, Bastet — hoping to be back on my feet soon. Big hug —

    Thank you!

    • Rall
      January 31, 2016

      Get well soon Jen…

      • Paloma
        January 31, 2016

        Thanks Rall

    • Bastet
      January 31, 2016

      No problem … get well soon … Big hug to you too!

  4. Rall
    January 31, 2016

    Oooo…this was fun….now to find the time to do another one:) Got to go out…would much rather just write poetry…Life is getting in the way of writing ! Thanks G.

    • Bastet
      January 31, 2016

      Thanks Rall – glad you like the prompt! Life does have a way of interrupting out writing doesn’t it … but on the other hand, where would we be without it 😉

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  6. writersdream9
    January 31, 2016

    I enjoyed the brevity. A little wider parameters than haiku but still very compact.

    • Bastet
      January 31, 2016

      I agree .. it is well thought out, and I’m not surprised it grew from the haiku community.

  7. Melinda Kucsera
    February 1, 2016

    Here’s a lovely Cherita written by a blogging friend:
    https://hooklineandinkwell.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/love-waiting-a-cherita

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  9. julespaige
    February 3, 2016

    Finally…

    Kiddlets & ‘Daddy’ stayed for dinner…

    Cherita and Shadorma

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