Woman’s poems to strangers based on Twitter DMs are deeply moving

A writer is crafting poems to strangers based on the Twitter DMs sent to her and they’re truly beautiful. 

Morgan Harper Nichols sent out a request on Twitter for people to send her their stories so she can write a personalised poem inspired by them. Her project forms part of her overarching aim to write a million poems to strangers during her lifetime. 

The stories are kept anonymous, but Harper Nichols shares some context for each poem so readers can gain a sense of its deeper meaning. 

One of her poems is addressed to “O” a teenage girl who sent her story about being lonely and having no friends. 

“One day, you will look back/ and see that all along/ you were blooming,” writes Harper Nichols. 

Another poem is addressed to 8th grader “T” (aged around 14 or 15) who told Harper Nichols she will “never be normal” and feels like she’s “unworthy of love and support.” 

“She is slowly becoming/ who she is meant to be,” writes Harper Nichols. 

Another poem is dedicated to “S” who wrote to Harper Nichols about “dealing with a lot at school.” 

“For this water is not stagnant…/it runs into the river,” she wrote. 

Another poem is addressed to “R,” who Harper Nichols describes as “so young” and with “the weight of so many things” on their shoulders. 

“It is never too much/ for Light to step in/ strengthening your soul/ again and again,” reads the poem.  

Harper Nichols wrote a poem to “B,” who messaged her with a story about something that happened to her. “I am glad, through everything, you are able to stand on the other side of the pain now,” she wrote. 

“May all of the strength/ you are gathering here/ collapse like waves/ on top of the fears,” she wrote. 

Beautiful. 

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