Cherita: Second Language

words sitting on her tongue

they feel lumplike
heavy

it was a beautiful language,
she thought
but only when others spoke it

 

Note: Cherita (pronounced CHAIR-rita) is a linked poetry form of one-, two-, and three-line stanzas. Cherita is the Malay word for “story” or “tale”.
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.

 

 

 

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