#NaPoWriMo: A Poem A Day – Day 17

Hi everyone! Today is day seventeen of the national poetry month competition.

Here’s my offering >>>


[Instructions:] From NaPoWriMo Day Seventeen … This prompt was developed by the comic artist Lynda Barry, and it asks you to think about dogs you have known, seen, or heard about, and then use them as a springboard into wherever they take you.


rat-a-tat-tat at the door

there’s nobody there

dog learnt to use letterbox


Today’s poem is a Senryu in a 7-5-7 syllable count. I’ll never forget our  clever German Shepherd, Elsa. She used to have a bed in the front porch. After watching visitors use the letterbox to rap at our door and get let inside, this highly intelligent and loving dog learnt to lift the flap with her nose and let it drop in the same pattern as the humans would use. This was her way of saying, “Let me in to play!”

Have a wonderful day, everyone, and I’ll see you tomorrow with Day Eighteen on the NaPoWriMo 30 Day Poetry Challenge 🙂 


© Harmony Kent 2022


40 Comments on “#NaPoWriMo: A Poem A Day – Day 17

  1. Clever Elsa:)

    Every time I visit your poetry, I learn something new Harmony. You’ve left me wondering about Elsa with just 3 lines! Wow!

  2. I like the idea of a dog using a letter box to send you a letter — What would s/he write?