I have written on this theme before (search my site for “birth of a poem”) but then…after my first son, I eventually birthed 4 more!

poem begins as embryo

when an image sparks

pregnant thoughts

which swell into words;

word cells divide/multiply

to form fetal phrases

as distinct details develop

with additions/edits

until time comes to

birth and deliver poem

to the waiting world

with hope it will be

accepted, perhaps

even loved.