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 went into the Coop wine shop seeking red bubbly. Stephen, who was working, admired my clay necklace: two yellow stars on either side of a rolled-up earth. It is a very beautiful necklace and I told him it was made by a child. We paused for a moment, both effervescing over this fact. “Tell her she is really good,” he said at last.

The Stranger: Stephen

The Word: Dazzling

The poem I wrote:

I dream


{of some
{absurd safety
{as I plunge
{softly down
{through the sea




{drowning, drowning
{in sheets
{of gray,
{dazzling life
{and then its victims




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