A poem is a song without its accompanying music, but can stand alone or with the music, regardless. It is also something that is already written, and those of us who write, are the chosen vessels/conduits by which poems are brought forth into the world, and if you train yourself how to "listen" for them, you'll catch the ones you're supposed to birth, yourself.
Interesting. I just read an article that pointed out that poems are like our children: we give birth to them, raise them, and set them loose on the world. Once we do this, the poems form their own relationships with other people, which in turn, gives them new meanings.
Thank you for this,