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 took my dogs, one young and one old, to our veterinarian to get their shots. The office felt homey and the dogs sniffed around. While they did, the warm and wonderful Dr. Saras shared stories with me of her own best dogs.

The Stranger: Dr. Saras

The Word: Faithful

The poem I wrote:

At the end
of a heroic life,
he gets old

just like
the rest of us.

After a life
of running,

after years
of being
the best one.

To think
of a word
to describe
a dog
brings one
to tears.

What can be said
of these
forever children,

and so



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