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 thought she was smoking so I was about to walk to the other side of the street. But then I saw that this stranger was blowing bubbles.

The Stranger: Ela

Her Word: Bubble

The poem I wrote:

/ if you ask one thing / of the air / beyond the scratched line / of now /
it will bubble up and vanish / into your stinging eyes
/ and leave you / holding nothing / in your hands.

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