How to Write a Poem, Again

Dear Everyone: Thank you thank you for saying YES to poems. Meanwhile, April is National Poetry Month. Send me yours too, or put them HERE.

Many people write poems, or want to. Here’s a poem about writing them.

How to Write a Poem

If You Want To

Sit down





up but

sitting down’s





a way

to begin.

Lesson One

You can

start here

or over there.

First words matter.

Start better

than begin.


you go

up to you.

Try to go

where you can

find your best poem

Lesson 2

You want

to write.

OK. Just

sit right there.

Don’t move.

Then write

a word or two

right down. 

Lesson 3

Some days

no poems.

Just wait.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. Esther, your steps and encouragement to write a poem inspired me to share this:


    Just learned that more friends are leaving NYC

    Wishing them well – knowing their mixed feelings

    Sadness within – big-time

    Visiting isn’t the same

    Time to really put intention and energy into making new friends

    and cherishing the ones I have – near and far.

    Sadness within

    And wishing them well.

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