People love to get all down into it talking about metaphors and shit, and yeah, okay, metaphors are important but y'all running before you can fucking walk.
You need to learn to make a poem taste right first.
And I'm not talking fucking... Meter and syllables and counting the beats and shit. Get out of your own head. I'm talking the way it moves in the mouth. That's why I said taste.
Syllables don't mean shit.
Pariah and turpentine both have three syllables but they take different times to say.
A good poem is alive.
A good poem flows. Or is jerky and disconnected. A good poem is deliberately those things. A good poem uses those things.
A good poem is aware of the existence of those things, and aware that it doesn't need to focus on them to be a good poem.
A good poem is in the heart. A good poem is in the air. A good poem is on the edge of your lips.
Get out of your own head. Get into the poem.
"do not" and "know" have all the "n" and "o" sounds playing around each other, they're the focus. "don't" has much more of a focus on the "d" and "t" removing the mirroring effect.
Taste your poems. You'll know when they're right.
That's what makes it a poem. That, and a little bit of love.