How To Write Poetry

You don’t know how many times
I’ve scrapped these first few lines
because all I’m writing are clichés.
I’m trying to hard to rhyme
or looking for enough time
or trying to sound sublime.
I struggle to find the right metaphors
to make sense of the puzzle pieces
just to end up with blistered fingers
from the jagged fragments.
Sometimes I think
too much with my head
too little with my heart
because that’s when the words
flow more graciously.