#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


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Roberta Eaton Cheadle

This is so sweet, Harmony.

D.L. Finn, Author

This made me smile, Harmony 🙂


So clever of her!

Mae Clair

Clever poem. And what a clever dog you had. Bravo to you and Elsa both! 🙂

Ruth Klein

What a very smart dog! ☺️

Yvette M Calleiro

That is absolutely adorable, Harmony! What a cute memory! 🙂


Ohhh this is so good


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!

Joan Hall

Cute one, Harmony!

Jan Sikes

Ha! Ha! Good one, Harmony!

sonia dogra

Clever of her! I like the onomatopoeia for knocking. Gives a musical tap to your senryu


Such a smart dog! Maybe she was tapping in Morse code.😍🐾


LOL! Clever.

Molly Shea

This is a great poem, and you have a very smart dog. Thank you for sharing.

CS Boyack

Love the doggy story.

Elizabeth Boquet

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


funny. hehe. rat-a-tat-tat.

Priscilla Bettis

German Shepherds are intelligent dogs. That’s a sweet memory you have of Elsa.


How sweet! Love this, Harmony. 😊❤️

john howell

A fun story and poem, Harmony.