There are many ways to write poetry. One is to just write some words in stanzas and hope all is well.
Another way, which is more time-consuming is this: Write down what you want to say. Then actually read the poem out loud to yourself. Do you have a rhythm? Do you have a rhyme scheme (if you're trying for free verse, forget that part).
Now, look at the words. Are you using words that have been used time and time again (moon, June, honeymoon type words). If you are, grab your dictionary or a thesaurus. Look up the word that needs to be replaced,finding something similar. Then if you need to rhyme that word but can't think of anything, grab your rhyming dictionary and look through that.
Rewrite your poem. Read it out loud. Does it flow? Does it have rhythm?
Are you using the correct tense? Past or present? Are you writing from your viewpoint or someone else's, make it consistant throughout the poem.
Check your spelling. Nothing detracts from a poem like poor spelling! (I am also a fan of puntuation and proper capitalization!).
After you've done all this. Read it out loud. Ok? Now, save your poem. Now, you can post it!
You have potential. Keep trying!
[This message has been edited by Poet deVine (edited 07-17-99).]