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 met Phil and Anissa when they were out celebrating their anniversary. They were visiting Boise from Indiana, a fact that initiated our conversation, as I had just returned from such a great visit there. We toasted their transition into a new era of marriage.

The Strangers: Phil + Anissa

The Word: Transition

The poem I wrote:

Do not believe
life is designed
to tire you out
just because
family members
are our first
just because
the muddy water
of transition
is where we live,
just because
a single day
holds more
than the heart can.