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!


TEDxBoise happened this weekend, an event seeded with fascinating ideas and strangers. Audience members received, among other souvenirs, small packets of seeds. At the end of the event, I joined a conversation in which Audrey was part. I liked her immediately and as we walked out together, she gave me a packet of seeds (sugar snap pole pea, to be precise).

This poem is the first part of the four-part April poem.

The Stranger: Audrey

Her Word: Sunshine

The poem I wrote:


Sunshine before storm.
A boy
in my arms. I sing
and he shakes his head.
I say, You
sing me a song.
Like a dolphin
he does.

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