Poetry for Strangers is about finding inspiration in community, in people, in the chance encounters of everyday life. PFS suggests that every person can be a “muse” of a poem. Every week of this year I will ask a stranger for a single word and then write a poem inspired by the word. I invite you to do the same.

Share your poem on this week’s word!


I could spend an hour writing about bubble wrap. It is so satisfying! While grocery shopping one morning with my kids, we ran into Amy, who rounded the corner in the frozen waffle section, wielding two sheets of bubble wrap. She offered both to us—sacred plastic gifts—and we accepted.

The Stranger: Amy

The Word: Bubble Wrap

The poem I wrote:

Let me be
as bubble wrap:
there is
in this conversation.

The Challenge: Do you have a poem in you on this word? Write one here.