I’m on a Discord server where someone asked me how to write poetry.
My response was as follows:
Step 1) Read a lot of poetry.
Step 2) Try writing the poetry.
Step 3) Throw most of it away, and whatever survives getting trashed might be worth keeping.
And then, because it had been a minute since I last actually wrote poetry, I tried my hand at it:
A clearing cannot know
Other clearings brooding
Lost among the trees