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!


A few weeks ago, I traveled to Austin with my daughter and realized that I can no longer count how many times we have made this trip together (she was six weeks old our first time). We had a lively conversation with our Lyft driver, Augie, about the many places he lived with his wife and daughter during his military years. “Good to travel with your kids young!” he said to me. “They remember.”

The Stranger: Augie

The Word: Diversity

The poem I wrote:

Traveling all roads,
leaving something
in each yet
belonging to none,
we range the world
in diversity
like a riverwork
of veins, trusting
that all blood
flows to the heart.

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