My blog from March 22nd http://redroom.com/member/kim-packard/blog/world-poetry-day-national-poe... mentions that April is National Poetry Month. http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/47
I'm surprised that there is very little visible activity from the National Poet Laureate for this special month for poetry but I learned a lot about the role of the poet laureate http://www.loc.gov/poetry/about_laureate.html and projects by past laureates. http://www.loc.gov/poetry/laureate-projects.html
And the idea of writing 30 poems in 30 days appealed to me. http://www.napowrimo.net/faq/
Perhaps a few of the poems will be good or some can be combined into a longer poem.
In order to write well, it helps to find out what other poets have to say about writing poetry: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/sep/21/poetry.writing.wendycope
If you are interested in writing well, in working at being a better poet, then the most important piece of advice that anyone can give you is that you have to read both recent poetry and the poetry of past centuries.
If a poem is to work, the voice in it has to sound like the real voice of a real person. This applies to dramatic monologues (where the poet puts words into the mouth of another character) as well as to first-person lyrics.
TS Eliot said that the greatest difficulty for a poet is to distinguish between "what one really feels and what one would like to feel".
Once the poem is written, it might be useful to look at it critically as one would when explicating a poem. http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/poetry-explications/
Perhaps, reading contemporary poems can start here. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2013/04/national-poetry-month-is...
My new tentative Untitled Poem:
I stepped out into the paved courtyard,
The wet concrete glistening in the morning light,
Under the overcast sky.
A rose shouted out a greeting,
Raindrops streaming down its unblemished white face.
To and fro, small birds hopped,
In search of wholesome delectables:
Poppy seeds from a bagel,
Buttered crumbs from a toast,
April dews on the rose petals.