Cut out all those words. This is poetry so you don't need them. In fact, if the word doesn't do something to clarify meaning, or help make your point, just delete it.
Get rid of all those annoying little words and leave only the ones that matter. You really don't need all those "it's" and "is's." Nor do you need those are's and were's. Trim the fat and excess words. Make your poem meaningful and exciting.
The best thing about poetry is that the author makes the rules. You can choose whether or not to use capital letters, sentences, and punctuation. The only rule is write in the best way to make your poem meaningful and understandable. Just write so your reader relates to your message.
Author's note: There are divided thoughts about using apostrophes in certain circumstances to show plural. The general thinking is that it is allowable in a few instances if it helps considerably with making text more easily understood and more readable.
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