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 I 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 met Glenda at a party, and of course I asked about her name. It is a great name, and it was fun to talk with her. She is a massage therapist who specializes in lymphatic and colon health. I asked her what single thing we could do for colon health. Her answer: “No microwaves.”

The Stranger: Glenda

The Word: Lymph

The poem I wrote:

Like any water, returning
to the stream. An ancient
transporter. An entire
system, lymph, its uses
like mine: visionary.
To see the cliff’s edge.

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