Don't worry about metaphor in the first writing; you can search for something to use in the actual writing itself
Try rearranging, leaving out, playing with words and word phrases
Silence is just as important as words in a poem; the more silence in the subject, the more silence reflected in the poem
Poems are reflections and representations; avoid having "answers"
"Poems are never finished, only abandoned." --Paul Valery
Poems can have humor--the best humor in puns, as puns examine language in two or more different ways
Find an object to tie a metaphor to what you "want to say"
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