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 will write the next crop of poems from New England during my summer teaching month. This week’s stranger I met in Provincetown, at the very fingertip of Cape Cod. She was working at the Bowersock Gallery, full of paintings of nightgowns, birds, boats, humans, and umbrellas.

The Stranger: Lisa

Her Word: Fluidity

The poem I wrote:

Fluidity breaks like relief
against the rocks:
older selves know
that every sailor needs land.
And how the ocean
takes everything.

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