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!


When I arrived in Boston for summer teaching, my babies bolted toward the luggage belt and a kind woman named Linda reached them before I did and cautioned them not to touch it (sincere thank you, all village parents!) Two days later I saw Linda again at the grocery store: a total and delicious surprise.

The Stranger: Linda

The Word: Deliciousness

The poem I wrote:

of wet leaves,
and the rain
almost here.
I shall be
the tree who
carries her roots
there is
enough water.


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