Step three: writing your drafts
First draft (punctuation optional).
"Have you ever rolled down your windows to smell the aroma of an organic orange plantation on a summer night? Dreaming the ecstasy of citric acid delight rolling down your throat as samba rhytms pulsate to you soul. Spit seeds in muddy favelas; hoping they mature. Waiting for orchards to grow."
That's my poem. For the record, the next step is not to go to a writer's group and ask for help ( We'll discuss writers' groups in another section).
Questions I now ask: What is the rhythm of my poem and does a particular line structure encourage it? Are punctuations necessary? Is formal, colloquial, patois or any other dialect appropriate for this work? Should I correct my misspellings?
My answers? Second draft: