#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy’

This Tanka is for Colleen Chesebro’s challenge.

The Agony and the Ecstasy

Enraged tears flooding

My parched heart swallows anger

The drought is over

The wind will settle in sky

The mermaid will smile again


I watched Gone with the Wind, one of my favourite films, yet again, last weekend. I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of Scarlet’s final scene, because it captures the agony and the ecstasy of the dramatic moment.

Scarlet feels joy because she realises that she loves Rhett, but she also feels sadness for losing him immediately after. And yet, ‘Tomorrow is (always) another day.’ The perfect open end to a perfect novel and film.

I didn’t know this week’s prompt words yet, fury and joy, but the scene and the picture fit perfectly, don’t you think? 


Would you like to take part? The rules are simple.

Use synonyms of Colleen’s two-word prompt, this week, joy and fury, write blog post using one of the following poetic forms: haiku, tanka, Haibun, cinquaine or senryu. 

Add a picture if you like. Pingback to Colleen’s blog post.



Published by LucciaGray

Writer, blogger, teacher, reader and lover of words wherever they are. Author of The Eyre Hall Trilogy, the breathtaking sequel to Jane Eyre. Luccia lives in sunny Spain, but her heart's in Victorian London.

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