Hi everyone! πŸ™‚

Today, I’ve joined Colleen’s weekly TankaTuesday challenge, which asks for us to create a syllabic poem based on a Theme Prompt from Kerfe:


As ever, we need to avoid β€˜ing’ ending words if at all possible.

You can find Colleen’s post HERE.

Empty Vessel


of what use is an

empty pot?β€”more than

the space within the vessel?

best vacant or full?

life brings push and pullβ€”

with such things we must wrestle


esse is more than

achievements that span

the years in which days nestle

cup spills if too full

the mess left awful

too busy is not special


better to sit an’

reflectβ€”be stillβ€”than

coat yourself in the speckle

of the useless pall

of doing it all

twisted up like a pretzel


the pragmatic man

walked before he ran

balanced work with the restful

drop by dropβ€”stream full

listen first then call

for a life quintessential


Today, I chose an Alouette.

From Poet’s Collective: The Alouette, created by Jan Turner, consists of two or more stanzas of 6 lines each, (12 lines or more) with the following set rules:
Syllabic:Β 5/5/7/5/5/7
Rhyme Scheme:Β aabccb
The form name is a French word meaning β€˜skylark’ or larks that fly high, the association to the lark’s song being appropriate for the musical quality of this form.


I hope you enjoyed today’s poetry. Have a lovely day! πŸ™‚


Β© Harmony Kent 2022


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DG Kaye

Beautifully written poetry Harmony. Well done challenge! <3

sally cronin

Love it Harmony… a cup does spill if it is too full and it can get messy…β™₯


Awesome message delivered in a beautiful form!


Wow! And congrats for being selected as the star this week!!

Toni Pike

This is fantastic, Harmony – so much complexity in it. Toni x


Your first verse reminded me of the story of ‘Stone Soup’ – in short the empty pot becomes filled with enough for all to share.

Breath in and out, take one day at a time, one step at a time πŸ™‚


Yes, most likely a similar story.

(Oh I had to unspam one of your comments… and now I can’t find it!
~ Thank you – for added luck!)


I really like the way each verse is shaped like a vessel. And quintessential–what a great word, and how well it fits into your last stanza.

Tzvi Fievel

“a life quintessential.”


Beautiful, Harmony! I’ve not tried the Alouette but you’ve definitely mastered it. Bravo! πŸ’—

Diana Peach

I love how you experiment with the different forms, Harmony. Wonderful poem with a powerful message about life.

Staci Troilo

In elementary school, we learned a song called “Alouette” and I remember it to this day. (Didn’t know it meant “skylark” though.)

Great work, Harmony. And thanks for the history lesson along with the form name.

Joan Hall

Nice one, Harmony!


too busy is not special. The open at all hours mindset hurts. Lovely, Harmony. Thanks for sharing. My post will be live by the time you awake. I hope. All the best with the launch. xoxo

Annette Rochelle Aben

I love the style and enjoyed your poetry, Harmony.

Roberta Eaton Cheadle

This is a great poem, Harmony. Well done.


Harmony, I loved how you shaped your poem and the pretzel analogy was brilliant. πŸ™‚

Colleen Chesebro

Harmony, this is a well written thoughtful poem. The Alouette form speaks to you! I love this stanza: “better to sit an’

reflectβ€”be stillβ€”than

coat yourself in the speckle

of the useless pall

of doing it all

twisted up like a pretzel”

Not only are your words wise, but the fluidity and rhythm of your words is so pleasing to hear spoken. Well done! <3

ben Alexander

I love how ever stanza looks rather like vase πŸ™‚

Harmony, also – random question: do you happen to know why I can’t leave you a comment via the WP reader?


D.L. Finn, Author

I like the flow of this, Harmony, and how it delivered the message.

john howell

I did enjoy the poem, Harmony. Well done.

Molly Shea

The rhythm of this poem sounded like a bird’s song. i loved it.

Jan Sikes

Such a wise and beautiful message in this poem, Harmony. A great response to the prompt!

Balroop Singh

I like how each stanza dwells on a different thought. Well done Harmony. Thanks for introducing me to a new form, it sounds good to work on.

Yvette M Calleiro

I loved the rhythm and rhyme of this poem, Harmony! I also loved the message. Well done! πŸ™‚

Priscilla Bettis

I learned what an Alouette is. Very cool form for a reflective poem.