How does a poem begin?
Often, they introduce themselves with an opening line that will present itself over and over. Heard as a call to engage with pen and paper it takes me into writing. Some poems are more difficult to enter. When writing to a theme it can take some time to find that first line. I must first do research on the subject and spend time contemplating what I am learning and/or feeling as I explore the theme. This is a potent time that must be honoured. It may look like I am doing nothing, but I am in reality floating with what some might call the muse. It is not unlike tender lovemaking. It cannot be rushed.