I saw this phrase the other day and immediately said,
I get an idea for a poem, or a message I’d like for it to portray, but it writes itself through the rhyming words I choose.
Many times, I will write a stanza, and look for a rhyming word for the next stanza, can’t find one, go to the thesaurus, find a similar word to end the first stanza with, then go look for a rhyme for it for the second stanza and repeat those steps, sometimes rewriting the entire first stanza until it works out.
I go through that for each stanza of the paragraph until I get to the end of the thought and usually, the last few words that end the poem, end up being the title of the poem because those are the most important words of the message I am trying to portray.
Poetry is like playing a word game that when it is done, tells a story. Unlike crossword puzzles that fill in the spots, word searches that find all the words and scrabble that uses the pieces provided, a poem has an unlimited number of pieces, a word bank a million miles long, and a blank slate that you can do anything with!