#Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 76 Recap, “Joy & Fury”


Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Recap. Last week’s words “joy and fury,” are opposites. Michael Lydon shares:

“Bringing words of opposite meaning close together is one of writing’s most ancient devices, called oxymoron when the opposites abutas they do in “oxymoron”: its Greek roots, oxys/moros, mean “sharp/dull”; and antithesiswhen close in balanced phrases like Catullus’s “Odi et amo—I hate and I love.” Opposites occur in the literature of every age, and any sophomore (wise fool) should be able to spot their linked unlikes in the any text’s black and white.”

Read more poetic techniques here: Wind Five-Folded School of Tanka, by Jane Reichhold.


Serendipity –
leaving the madness behind,
bliss starts with deep thoughts.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

*For my Senryu (It’s a Senryu because meditation is a personal event), I used bliss, for joy, and madness for fury. ❤

The Tuesday challenge post will contain the rules and links to learn how to write the different forms. Please read the post to learn how to write the poetry forms for this challenge. Please LINK your poetry to that post – NOT this one. ❤


This week’s POET of the WEEK is J.C. Wolfe from her blog, The Wolfe’s (Writing) Den.

I enjoyed her Haibun/Tanka, called: “Emotions on a Blank Page,” because J.C. wrote about writer’s block – something we all have experienced from time to time. Poetic writer’s block is difficult and I am sure that I have caused all of you to scream in frustration at my choice of words at least once.

The best cure for writer’s block is to write as J.C.’s Haibun shares with us.

How about you? How do you overcome writer’s block?

(If you would like to display the Poet of the Week Badge on your blog, please do! <3)

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Poet, J.C. Wolfe

“Emotions on a Blank Page”

The blank page stares at me, teasing me, mocking me, daring me to write something, anything. I frown back at the white screen, my mind still empty as ever. I reach into the void for any words that will break the block. Why won’t they come? I stare harder, seething at the space I wish would fill itself. Oh, how much I could write just about the frustration of having nothing to say… I stop. I smile. Yes, yes. Fingers to keys, I begin to type. The words come easily now. From rage comes enlightenment, from enlightenment, comes triumph. Before I know it, I’m grinning at a finished poem. At last, I’ve conquered the blank page.

Anger fuels the fire
Until all falls into place
And my smile returns
Happiness comes in flashes
But such is a writer’s life!

© 2018 J.C. Wolfe


A special SHOUT OUT to a blogger who doesn’t participate but shares our challenge almost every week on his blog:

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge: JOY & FURY – The Militant Negro™


Real Life – Reena Saxena

Cinquain: Violets – Jane Dougherty Writes

Raging Storm – #Haibun | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Tanka Poetry – Empty Pews – Sharing With Others –

Permission to write – ….Bilocalalia….

Joy & Fury Haiku/For Much Deliberation

Spring is Buried–Haibun – Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE #Cinquain #76: Joy & Rage | But I Smile Anyway…

Thunder – thehouseofbailey

A Defiant Embrace of Spring : a #Tanka Tuesday #tankaprose – Frank J. Tassone

Passion to Bliss | like mercury colliding…

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday: Joy and Fury – Afterwards

A Shamanic Journey – Calm and Chaos

Immutable | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Being Canny – Smell The Coffee

Dog-poet tries a Cinquain | Mucky Boots and Flawless Paws

The Road You’re On (Tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

Tanka Tuesday | Twenty Four

Tanka -Intriguing Times | thoughts and entanglements

Lull Before The Storm | Stuff and what if…

Colleens Weekly Poetry Challenge No: 76 | M J Mallon Author

Emotions on a Blank Page (Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge – #Haibun) | The Wolfe’s (Writing) Den

Delight | Charmed Chaos

My First Attempt #Butterfly Cinquain – Sharing With Others –

#Poetrychallenge – Joy and Fury – Robbie’s inspiration

Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge No. 76 – PrairieChat

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Joy & Fury | Annette Rochelle Aben

Billy Ray Chitwood: (We had trouble with links)

Rapture and Outrage (Joy and Fury)

What Rapture can there be

When the veins carry outrage?

Naught can this mind so infer!

(©BR Chitwood – 3/25/18)

Agony & the Ecstasy/Rereading Jane Eyre 

Do it Keep Writing POETRY! See you tomorrow for the new weekly challenge post No. 77 ❤

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    1. I’m so tickled. Tomorrow, I have it set up so that the participants can vote on each other’s poems. I think that’s a much better way to spotlight our poets. More democratic! 😀


    1. It’s ok Billy. Do you know how do the ping-back? You grab the https:// address of my challenge post and copy it into your post. That way your post goes live it will automatically link to my blog. If you need help let me know. ❤


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