Reach for the Light


Take a stranger’s hand – a poem

monochrome photography of people shaking hands

Photo by Savvas Stavrinos on

This poem was written in response to the following prompt; when I run out of creative juices, I always turn to Keith’s prompts, and they tend to give me inspiration, so thanks Keith! The link to his site is here.

The Prompt

Using this photo as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; even just a caption for the photograph. Either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at before 6pm on Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is where I live, this link will tell you). If you post it on your own blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated, but please do also mention it in a comment here.

Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries next time.


Well met, grungy stranger,

A fair alike we are,

Much have we in common –

I’m me and you; you are

A few winking wrinkles, some saggy skin

A lump or a wart

Here and there

Anoint us the same, yet apart.

You’ve lived a life,

So have I…

May not be much

I can at least say we’re human, aye

Much ado may be made about the shades

Of skins, and tints of hair

Of state, country, birth, religion…

Of everything, nothing and everywhen and everywhere

Find differences,

Find faults,

Find histories of revolt,

Look, search desperately

For things to divide

Put this burden down, young lads

Drink together, feast together

Stretch out your palm in friendship

Come worthy stranger, let us – you and I, this day

meet and part as worthy friends, brother.

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