Good poetry is damned hard to write. And the hardest thing about poetry is its subjectivity. What is a brilliant poem to some may be a steaming, abysmal pile of dreck to others. This is true with all writing, but most especially with poetry.
What makes a good poem? There is no real answer. If you read a poem, and it moves you in some way - makes you laugh, or tear up, or float for a moment - then it's good for you. One of my favorite poems is Wallace Stephens' "The Emperor of Ice Cream" ... and I can name at least five people I know personally who find that poem absolute nonsense.
So, since poetry is so very subjective, can anyone write good poetry? I don't believe that's the case. There's something about the rhythm, the flow, the combination of words that has to be just right, and there isn't a lot of space in a poem to capture the feeling you want. But it's that struggle to find the perfect words that makes some poetry truly blaze with emotion.
I don't claim to be a poet. Like many writers I know, I went through a fanciful and deliciously angst-ridden time when I thought I could write brilliant, moving poetry. Fortunately, I realized my milieu lay in novels before it was too late. But I retain a great deal of respect and awe for those who write good poetry. Poets are among the most talented wordsmiths humanity has to offer, and there is no question they craft poems for the sheer love of language.
Occasionally, I continue to play with the idea of writing a poem here and there. Most of it is execrable rubbish fit to make Simon Cowell's head explode. But once in a while I still try to express myself in verse.
Here is the least offensive of my minimal poetic output. You may commence laughing now. :-)
Seven years bad luck
Each time I glimpse the shattered face
You did this,
She accuses me
I can't deny it
Can’t run from it
She follows me everywhere
And in her eyes I see volumes
That I have written…
I have to turn away
From the mirror
Lest she see me
Pretending that everything is