April 11, 2021: Poetry Writing Prompt – Kath Abela Wilson

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Kath Abela Wilson:

A few years ago I discovered one of my favorite writing exercises: . Try writing a cherita.  Cherita is the Malay word for story or tale. It is a little 6 line story.

Try writing a single stanza of a one-line verse

followed by a two-line verse,

and then finishing with a three-line verse

Here is a sample by ai li who created the form in 1997, in memory of her grandparents who were raconteurs extraordinaire.

i find one cloud

in the sky
to describe my loneliness

all this blue
and no one
to share it with


ai li

It can be written solo or with up to three partners. It has the feeling of beginning middle and finale. If you write a one line beginning, then pass to friend the write 2 lines  developmevnt,, You can finish with 3 lines.

You can find samples and even a journal you can submit your little stories here:




If you write a poem from this prompt, post it as a comment underneath the prompt in the Poetry Super Highway Facebook Group.

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