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ai Li

Creator of cherita, Gembun & Dua

The Wise Owl talks to ai li, creator of Cherita, Gembun and Dua, three unique storytelling short form genres. She is also the editor of the cherita, founding editor and publisher of still, moving into breath and dew-on-line. She is also a Fellow of The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain [FRPS], and an evidential spiritualist medium who trained at The Spiritualist Association of Great Britain and The College of Psychic Studies, London. ai li’s poems have been widely published in the UK, USA, and Japan

Cherita by ai (as quoted in the Interview)

cherita by ai li (As quoted in the interview)

ai li

wordsmith * storyteller * word healer

 

cherita is now 27 years old

22 June 1997 – 22 June 2023

 

www.thecherita.com

 

 

storytelling is oxygen for the soul

and

storytelling on its own is incomplete,

you have to feel what you have written


ai li

 

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dream sequence by ai li

 

available on amazon in paperback and kindle

 

 

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1]

 

alone

 

in empty space

i lean on

 

memories

to start

the carousel

 

*

 

2]

 

i’m a friend

of rain

 

i listen

 

once i too

fell from

the sky

 

*

 

3]

 

time machine

 

who will build it now

to stop the princess

 

from getting

into

the black Mercedes

 

For Diana, Princess of Wales 1961-1997

 

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4]

 

finishing what you were

 

placed here

to do

 

you walk

into the mountains

to become sunrise

 

*


5]

 

an old name

in Chinese

for fireworks

 

smoke flowers

 

a banquet of echoes

for the night sky

 

*


6]

 

scented page

 

what was

left

in here

 

from

the Alhambra

 

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7]

 

father’s voice

on a still night

he hasn’t left

 

in dreamtime

 

even when

leaves fall

 

*


8]

 

nothing left

for me

to do

 

but write myself

 

out of

this empty room

 

 

all cherita copyright © ai li 2023

 

 

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Interview: ai li (Part I)

Cherita by ai (as quoted in the Interview)

nothingness by ai li

 

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1]

 

the silverfish and i

 

get acquainted

over an old ghost story

 

when winter arrives

on the page

of the dead

*

 

2]

 

honeysuckle cottage

 

i left you behind

30 years ago in my dreams

 

but on this cold night

you perfume

all my longings

 

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3]

 

the hologram of you

 

will always be

in my consciousness

 

i still talk to you

about moonlight

and old dreams

 

*

 

4]

 

they have all gone

 

before me

the quiet

 

of chinese new year

with opera

in the other world

 

*

 

5]

 

my inner scars

 

let

there be

dragons

 

to burn

them off

 


*

 

 

6]

 

in a room

 

rented

without language

 

skintalk

then the moon

came

 

*

 

7]

 

crooner

 

her night

begins

 

with rhinestones

and sequins

sewn into dreams

 

*

 

8]

 

a life

apart from poetry

 

i cook, clean,

launder, iron

and bake

 

sublime cherry madeira

 

 

all cherita copyright © ai li 2023

Cherita by ai (as quoted in the Interview)

the promise of rain by ai li

 

available on amazon in paperback and kindle

 

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1]

 

she is always writing

 

in her dream

by a window

 

the baby dragon

snoring

at her feet

 

*

 

2]

 

a fortune teller

 

in

the empty house

 

night must fall

before i ask her

where love is

 

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3]

 

this aging place

 

you used

to call

home

 

the colour of stove

in north wind

 

*

 

4]

a cup of tea

 

forecast

of snow

i wrap

 

my shadow up

in cashmere

 

*

 

5]

 

i’ve become a peacemaker

 

for my soul

it’s happy

to sit home now

 

make fudge

and not attempt Everest

 

*

 

6]

 

the word homeless

 

becomes

another old

winter story

 

that takes

breath away

 

*

 

7]

 

the call

 

from someone

who died young

 

to come out

and play

a ghost moon

 

*


8]

 

the illusionist

 

telling me

it’s all smoke

 

and mirrors

my shadow nods

in the empty room

 

 

all cherita copyright © ai li 2023

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