The Catch: A Cherita*

The Ganges is a slender crescent here.



A stray Shushuk** swims fast

towards its lost pod.



To the delighted fishermen,

today’s catch

seems surprisingly heavy.


*Cherita is a poetic form [1-2-3] of three stanzas telling a story. The first one has one line the second, two and the final stanza has three lines. Cherita is a Malay word for story/tale. This form was created by al li 


**Shushuk is the local name for Ganges dolphin



This is my first attempt at a Cherita. I’m inspired by our dear friend Celestine Nudanu  (Reading Pleasure) who writes them beautifully.



Posted for Poetry Pantry #363 @ Poets United


24 thoughts on “The Catch: A Cherita*

  1. This is an interesting poetic form. I might be tempted to try it myself! It was fun to imagine each of the images presented especially the river dolphin chasing after its pod.

  2. I hadn’t realised the cherita was capable of such haiku-like capture of images / moments. Beautiful!

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