The Ganges is a slender crescent here.
A stray Shushuk** swims fast
towards its lost pod.
To the delighted fishermen,
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*”
Beautifully composed Sumana
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.
What a delightful read, and great photo.
I’m not usually keen on poetic forms, but this poem of yours has left 3 clear images in my mind. I will go and practice….
Great job with the cherita.. beautifully visual..
I enjoyed this piece, love the picture too.
Amazing to be able to tell a story in so few words…I can visualize this, Sumana.
You brought to life an interesting and a wonderful form
Oh, a cool new form. Well done, Sumana. I loved this glimpse of the Ganges , and to know it has dolphins!
1-2-3 You make it look easy!
Such an amazing form!❤️ You have executed it to perfection, Sumana 🙂
Sumana I love the form you have chosen….it is new to me, Cherita. It tells such a beautiful story!
I am endlessly amazed at the different poetic forms to be found here. You’ve introduced the Cherita in the most beautiful way!
Love the tale–the visuals–and the form.
I shall certainly borrow it. 3 stanzas 1-2-3 and it tells a story? You knew I would fall in love with this, didn’t you?
I hadn’t realised the cherita was capable of such haiku-like capture of images / moments. Beautiful!
A lovely journey down the Ganges!
So much life and death crystallized here, Sumana. Wow! Masterful.
A nice journey. A nice lesson, Thank you.
What a delicate – almost ethereal – story form. Thank you for sharing this.
You make it look so natural. Lovely piece.
Thank you for the new form. The photo and your words suit one another well,
Apparently you write Ceritas beautifully as well!
I feel like I just got a good catch!
This is a really neat format. You’ve done a very nice job at creating crisp and distinct imagery within the parameters of the form