I think Rob is overstating my ability but Iím more than willing to share the little that I do know.
The first thing I can tell you is that syllabic poems arenít any easier to write than those based on meter - theyíre just difficult in different ways. It is however generally a lot easier to get over the difficulties of syllabic poetry, all you need to know is what those difficulties are.
Iíve already mentioned that line length is important, well Iím going to expand on that, line length is crucial when it comes to writing a good syllabic poem. Getting what you want to say to fit the chosen line length is one of those difficulties I mentioned earlier. You can minimise this a little by extending the number of syllables in each line, as Iíve also already mentioned, but thereís another neat trick you need to know thatíll make it even easier - donít choose your line length.
I know it sounds stupid but try re-writing this stanza:
Hopelessly I watched you
As you packed up your bags
Took all of my gifts back
Cleaned up all the rags
Only this time donít count the syllables - if you have 7 in the fist line and 10 in the second thatís fine, I donít mind if all the lines are completely different - In fact the more different they are the happier Iíll be, but try to keep them no longer than 12 or 13 syllables. Oh! It doesnít have to rhyme either but if you want it to thatís fine too.
Post it here when youíve finished and Iíll explain that neat trick I mentioned.