Dear Stranger,



Dear Stranger,

if you are reading this

I want you to know that 

you are loved.


I’m writing this letter

in the form of a poem 

to highlight the beauty 

of strangers 

acknowledging one another.


When was the last time

you smiled at a stranger?

The last time you took out

your headphones, took your

head away from your phone

just to make a comment

to an outsider

about the weather?


Something mundane

can make someone’s day.


I remember 

a man stopped my mother

in a supermarket. He was with

his wife; he told my mother that

I was stunning – that she should be



That stayed with me.

That will always stay with me.


So I ask you,

dear stranger, to take the time 


to ask someone if they’re 

okay; comment or compliment,

recognise and surprise.


People don’t talk anymore – 

not to one another.

It’s an oh so lonely world

full of people

not talking.


Start today.


Start with the first person

you meet, on the bus or

on the street. In a café or

in a shop. Just take the time

to stop and take the time to



I promise you,

sweet stranger, that you’ll 

make someone’s day;

you will feel good inside.


And you never know

who you might find

along the way.

Start today.





Charlene McElhinney







SNAPCHAT: TheMcElhiester




  1. November 16, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    What a lovely poem Charlene! You really do have a talent when it comes to writing thought provoking poems x

  2. November 16, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    Damn, Charlene, this really spoke to me.

    This line “People don’t talk anymore –

    not to one another.”

    that really struck my empty cold heart. (man tears, laced in sarcasm masking true emotion)

    But It’s true, they don’t, not to one another. And it’s a crying shame.
    I hope more people read this, then they do it.
    You know when people say it’s the small things in life the matter? Your words here present this in volumes. It’s a small acknowledgement but you’ve given it strength, and I respect that. I respect you.

  3. February 9, 2018 / 12:21 am

    Fantastic poem with a very important message.

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